Enugu - Plans have been concluded to restore the Student Union Government (SUG) in Nsukka campus of the University of Nigeria (UNN) by next semester.
The Dean Students' Affairs Department of the institution, Prof. Akpan Oyeoku, dropped the hint in an interivew with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nsukka, Enugu State on Friday
It will be recalled that the SUG in the Nsukka campus of the university was proscribed in January 2010 after the last student’s riot in the university.
Oyeoku said by next semester, hostel hall governors would be elected instead of the present situation in which they were appointed.
``By next semester hall governors will be elected instead of being appointed as a first step towards restoring student union government.
``After that, the next thing will be election of members of legislative and executive arms of Student Union Government,'' he said.
The dean said that the incumbent administration in the school had the interest of students at heart.
On the recent fire that gutted the Students' Affairs Department, Oyeoku said that it was the handiwork of those who wanted to sabotage the `good’ administration of Prof. Bartho Okolo, the Vice-Chancellor.
He said, ``The fire incident at the Students' Affairs Department is unfortunate; I know God will not allow the perpetrators to go unpunished.
``They used fuel to set the department on fire. I disagree with those who claim that the fire was caused by students protesting the ban on SUG in Nsukka campus.
``After my recent meeting with hall governors, I told them that very soon SUG will be restored.
``The department has cordial relationship with the students, even the day the students affairs department was set ablaze, many student assisted to ensure that the fire was put-off.''
Oyeoku said that the administration of Prof. Barth Okolo cared for the welfare of the students.
He said that is why he recently renovated all hostels by changing old windows, doors, water system toilets with new ones.
``The hostels are now wearing a new look, there is constant water supply and electricity in all the hostels.
``The present administration will continue to provide enabling environment for teaching and learning.
``I urge student to shun any attempt by anybody to use them to destroy university’s property,'' the dean said.