By Ehi Ekhator
The Students Union Government at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) in Edo State has rejected the decision of the University management to strip them of their powers as Executives of the Union.
The five students who were rusticated by the school authority after they led a protest against the increment of school/hostel fees in November 2017 was on Monday morning recalled.
However, the management stripped the students of its Executive powers.
The students, Elvis Ogbidi, Students’ Union president; Justus Aidenagbon, secretary-general; Innocent Momodu, assistant secretary-general; Goodnews Ehisbhi, public relations officers; and Benjamin, also known as Sankara, an activist were rusticated after protesting against the increase in school fees.
The SUG President who spoke with NAIJA CENTER NEWS on Monday queried the power of the management to dissolve the elected students’ council.
He said: “We heard a meeting today with the management and to our greatest shocked, they told us that a union that was elected cannot be brought back and that the management wants to override the constitutional right of the Union which ordinarily is supposed to be done by the student’s parliament.
“Instead of adhering to the constitution, they have decided to suspend our positions. They said they have only decided to bring us as students but we told them they don’t have the constitutional right because they never elect us. We were elected by the students and we need help to make the management to undo all they had done.
“The students are already revolting, some are saying it is better we reject our resumption instead of stripping our powers in the process.”