College Cecalls 20 Suspended Students

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The Bayelsa College of Health Technology in Otuogidi, Ogbia Ogbia Local Government Area, has recalled 20 students who were suspended in 2010 over a violent demonstration.

The college’s Provost, Dr Teddy Adias, in his speech on Tuesday at a special orientation activity organised for the recalled students by the Students’ Affairs Committee on the campus, said: “You are totally forgiven.

“You should not be an accessory to any misdemeanor that will make you run foul of the laws of this institution again.”

Adias said that the decision of the academic board to suspend the students was within the ambit of the enabling law that empowered it to oversee the academic matters of the college.

He, therefore, advised the recalled students to be respectful and orderly, while facing their studies, so as to enable them to contribute to the socio-economic growth of the country.

Also speaking, Mr Solomon Banigo, the Deputy Provost (Administration), urged the students to be conscious of the fact that the college would never compromise its ideals, particularly those relating to character and learning.

Banigo said that the recalled students should count themselves lucky as eight other students, who were also suspended “for committing more grievous offences’’, were not recalled.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that all the college officials, who spoke at the occasion, advised the pardoned students to be law abiding in future.

The officials include Mr Oputiri Deo Deputy Provost (Academics), Dr Claudius Azibato, the Registrar and Mr Yousuo Iruo, the Deputy Registrar (Pensions and Establishments).

The college suspended the 20 students on Nov. 18, 2010 because of their unruly behaviour that was considered to be a threat to the institution’s authorities