The Committee of Deans of Student Affairs of Nigerian Universities (CODESANU), on Tuesday, 30 September, 2014, ended their Conference at the University of Abuja, with a unanimous call on Nigerian universities to admit students based on the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) quota, in order not to over-stretch facilities in the Nigerian University System (NUS).
The position of the Committee was contained in a Communiqué issued at the end of the three-day Conference, tagged “UNIABU-JA 2014”, which was attended by Deans of Student Affairs from federal, state and private universities.
The Communiqué called on universities to strengthen infra structure in the NUS and put in
place strategies that would ensure adequate security on university campuses. This could include
proper manning of university gates, wearing of identity tagsby staff and students and sensitisation of students on security issues on campuses. The Committee also called on universities
to always share data of expelled students in Nigeria universities with the National Universities Commission (NUC) and CODESANU, to avoid impersonation.
In seeking alternative sources of funding, the Communiqué encouraged Nigerian universities to enter into public and private partnerships to provide more hostels for students in order to reduce the accommodation and security challenges experienced in most universities.
The Communiqué, which expressed the need for universities to introduce students’ work-study schemes to assist financially-distressed students, also resolved that only students with a CGPA of 3.0and above should be allowed to contest elections in order to reduce unnecessary tension with regard to Student Union leadership.
The Communiqué appealed tostudents of all tertiary institutions not to allow themselves to
be used by politicians during the 2015 elections and advised university authorities, not to also allow political rallies, under any guise, on university campuses.
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