MOUAU Riot Sparks Suspicions of Biometric System Sabotage

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) campus erupts in riot amidst suspicions of sabotage against newly implemented biometric capturing system; Vice-Chancellor addresses unrest and emphasizes need for academic integrity.

MOUAU Riot Sparks Suspicions of Biometric System Sabotage
a damaged facility in MOUAU

A wave of unrest swept through Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), as a riot erupted on campus, raising suspicions of a calculated attempt to sabotage the newly implemented biometric capture system. The upheaval, which resulted in the destruction of university property, was addressed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, in a press conference held on Wednesday, 7th February 2024.

The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the introduction of biometric capturing aimed to tackle challenges related to examination integrity and the timely delivery of services to graduands. However, he revealed that certain elements within the academic and registry staff were actively working against the system, preferring to perpetuate corrupt practices.

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At the heart of the issue lies the implementation of the "no pay, no examination" policy, a common practice in educational institutions worldwide. This policy, designed to ensure financial accountability, faced resistance from a section of the student body and supporters, including some academic staff allegedly involved in corrupt activities.

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Professor Iwe emphasized the need to address the longstanding issue of forged documents and receipts, citing incidents of students forging university statements of results, leading to financial losses for the institution. The decision to adopt biometric capture was seen as a proactive measure to curb these malpractices.

Furthermore, recent reports of a 60% increase in charges were clarified by the Vice-Chancellor, who attributed the rise to the escalating costs of running the university, including a surge in the price of diesel for power generation. He urged media outlets to report accurately to avoid misinterpretation.

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The aftermath of the riot revealed significant damages on campus, with lecture theatres, libraries, a bank, laboratories, and other facilities targeted. The Vice-Chancellor expressed belief that miscreants, possibly influenced by an inflammatory program on a local radio station, instigated these actions.

In conclusion, Professor Iwe urged media objectivity and public support for progress and development in the academic sector. The incident serves as a reminder of the complexities involved in university administration, and he hopes for a more peaceful and progressive academic environment at MOUAU.