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NEWS: AMASSOMA CRISIS AND THE GOVERNMENT OF BAYELSA STATE

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AMASSOMA CRISIS AND THE GOVERNMENT OF BAYELSA STATE

It is no longer news that protests by individuals in Amassoma have shot down major activities (especially NDU) in Amassoma for over three weeks now.

The series of protests can be traced to Government’s decisions to reform its civil service and the withdrawal of part of its support for NDU.

In response to government’s decision, management of NDU had technically increased fees of students, and laid off some of their staffs.

The increase of fees led to a series of protests by students led by the SUG president, which resulted in the school management asking every student to vacate the school premises temporarily.

The laying off of staffs (though government claimed it was a retirement) caused a resent protest by the people of Amassoma, causing them to block roads and sealed the NDU school gate for about a week.

In response, the school management invited chiefs, chairmen and youths of host communities of the institution for a meeting. In the meeting, certain resolutions were reached. Among these resolutions are;
1. That government should look into the cases of the affected staff.
2. That the NDU gate be reopened on Saturday 19th May, 2018.

This resolution was perceived not to be acceptable by the people of Amassoma.

At about 4.am Tuesday morning, armed security forces were reported to have opened the NDU gate. This led to the anger of the people of Amassoma. Their expression of anger led to stiff opposition by the security forces, leading to the breakdown of peace.

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