The Bingham University, New Karu, Nasarawa State, has slammed a two-week suspension on no fewer than 1,000 of its students.
The sanction, our correspondent gathered, followed the students’ failure to attend a midweek church service in the university.
A source from the university said the students were threatening to resist the suspension even as the school authorities have beefed up security on campus to forestall any protest.
The source added that some parents and guardians were considering withdrawing their children and wards from the private university owned by ECWA Church.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university is Prof. Samuel Leonard Fwa.
A Short Message Service conveying the suspension was sent to the telephone lines of parents of the affected students by the university Registrar, Mr. S.S. Sule.
It read, “This is to inform you that your ward failed to attend worship service on Wednesday, June 11, 2014; this constitutes a contravention of the university rules and regulations as contained in the students’ handbook. The vice-chancellor has directed the suspension of your ward from Thursday, June 12, 2014 to Sunday, June 22, 2014.
“You are expected to bring back your ward to the university on Monday, June 23 2014 with a letter of undertaking to be of good behavior. The letter is to be countersigned by you.”
Attempts to reach out to the ECWA President, Rev. Jeremiah Gado, and the institution’s Academic Officer, Mr. David Onisimus, failed as their lines did not go through. They also did not respond to text messages sent to their telephone numbers.
When contacted, the Senior Assistant Registrar and Head of Establishment in the university, Mr. Abesadu Barnabas, confirmed the suspension.
He said, “The suspension is in line with the rules and regulations governing students’ conduct as contained in their handbook. It is not a strange thing; BHU is a faith-based university and failure to attend chapel attracts such action.” (Punch)