The Federated Union of Southern Ijaw Students (FUSIS) worldwide has described the continued shutdown of the Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta University as totally unacceptable.
The institution which is situated in Wilberforce island, Amassoma, home of late chief DSP Alamieyeseigha in Southern Ijaw local government area of bayelsa state has helped in meeting the developmental and manpower needs of the ijaw nation and Niger Delta Region at large.
In a statement released by the National President Comr. Prosper Yeri Dekumo, he described NDU as the heritage of the Ijaw nation which must not be allowed to die. He said "Niger Delta University is our heritage. We must stand up to defend it.
The struggle of the Ijaw man is no longer by guns but by education. Nobody can claim ignorance of how NDU has helped in developing human capital across various fields of endeavor and so the continued shutdown of the school is unacceptable".
He further said, "We can no longer sit idle at home doing nothing when our mates in other state-owned universities in the Niger Delta region and beyond are pursuing their academic programmes regardless of the current economic challenges in the country.
Therefore, we are making a humble appeal to all ijaw leaders as well as all lovers of education in the country to come to our aid so that we can continue our studies and also have access to affordable and qualitative education."
"Finally, we appeal to the state government and ASUU to resolve their primary issues and keep the school in session before facing other major problems" Yeri Dekumo said.
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