The Management of the University of Benin, UNIBEN has revoked the registration of religious groups and fellowship on campus.
According to the statement the university management released on Thursday, January 18, the ban is due to the multiplicity of fellowships on campus and the use of lecture halls/classrooms/open fields for meetings on Sunday morning.
However, the management spare the Students Christian Movement / Christian Union Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES) and Scripture Union Campus Fellowship; the Nigeria Federation of Catholic Student and the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria to continue their religious activities in the school.
The statement reads:
The Student Affairs Division of the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria has revoked the registration of all fellowships and religious groups on campus with effect from 18th January 2018.
This is due to the unhealthy multiplicity of fellowships on campus and the use of lecture halls/classrooms/open fields for meetings on Sunday morning. New guidelines will be announced for re-registration of fellowships. Meanwhile, the following fellowships are NOT affected by the ban and can continue with their activities:
Students Christian Movement, Christian Union, Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES), and Scripture Union Campus Fellowship.
Nigeria Federation of Catholic Students.
Muslim Students Society of Nigeria.
1. All students should note that the approval for fellowship meetings in lecture halls, classrooms, fields, etc has been revoked with effect from 18th January 2018. Students have the privileges and rights to worship at the All Saints Chapel (interdenominational), St. Albert’s Catholic Church, and the Mosque for Muslims.
2. Any fellowship inviting any Preacher from outside the campus MUST get clearance and approval from the Management of the University through the Dean of Student Affairs.
3. Students who violate the rules and regulations of the University will not be treated with kid gloves as they will face the wrath of the law.