Management shifts Exams as AUN students protest blackout on campus

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The students of American University of Nigeria (AUN), on Wednesday, staged a peaceful protest to voice their grievances about electricity crisis.

This is coming amidst prolonged power outage which has paralyzed economic and social activities in Adamawa State.

In a statement, Senior Director, Public Affairs, Yusuf Mohammed, said the students lamented the human and environmental cost of the prolonged outage and called on the authorities to address the situation.

“The students requested that their residence halls and reading rooms be powered for longer hours so they can prepare for their examinations and for more flexibility in their exam schedules,” he said.

Mohammed said in its response, the University management shifted the start of final semester exams by three days.

He said the spring semester examinations, which were earlier scheduled for Saturday, April 27, will now begin on Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

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According to the statement, other concessions granted the students by the University management include halting of regular teaching activities to afford students more time to prepare for their exams and installation of solar power lighting and cooling systems in the library complex.

“Management also gave the students an assurance of a minimum of five hours of electricity supply until public power is restored while pledging to continue to dialogue with the body of elected student representatives, the Student Government Association (SGA).”

He said the students also received the assurances of the goodwill and solidarity of the University President, Dr. DeWayne Frazier, who was away in Cairo, Egypt where he attended the Association of American Universities and Colleges Overseas by International Conference.

Meanwhile, the students were received by senior management staff present including the VP for Finance, Ms. Nnenna Mosugu, Interim Provost Professor Adewale James, Interim Registrar and VP Administration, Mr. Daniel Okereke and Dean of Student Affairs, Mr. Byron Bullock.

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The management however commended them for their responsible conduct and smart articulation of matters of concern, while requesting that they maintain a peaceful approach as the administration is dedicated to ensuring their overall well-being.

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