By Usman Shuaibu
The ex-presidents of the Student Union Government (SUG), University of Abuja have disrupted the activities of Postgraduate Students’ Association at swearing in of their pioneer executive members which took place at the Faculty of Management Sciences lecture theatre.
Some of the federal ministers including the Chief Justice of the FCT who were there to witness the event left the venue of the ceremony as the inauguration of pioneer postgraduate students was paralyzed by the ex-SUG presidents.
The invited ministers were Mallam Adamu Adamu (Minister of Education), Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed (Minister of finance) and Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu (FCT Minister of State).
In an interview with newsmen during the incident, the pioneer president of the association, Engineer Adamu Suleiman Yakubu, said the trouble started when inauguration was about to commence.
He explained that before the commencement of the association event, a letter was written to the management of the University, as well as the deans of faculties and management staff of the institution about the inauguration.
He said: “We gave an opportunity to all faculties of the University to choose their representatives to represent them in the association, as we are the one going to be pioneering the affairs of the association and that they told us to go ahead. Pioneering means that in the next one year we will conduct an election to get the real officials to come in.”
He expressed dismay at the way which the hoodlums who claimed to be ex-SUG presidents disrupted the inauguration, pointing out that another date would be fixed for the official inauguration of Postgraduate Students’ Association.
Engr. Yakubu, however, appealed to the management of the University to continue to support the pioneer postgraduate students to get their inauguration done, and said the postgraduate students meant well for the University in terms of infrastructural development.
During the purported inauguration the security men of the University alongside other security agents positioned themselves during the crisis.