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American University pledges to continue operation despite daring Boko haram onslaught

Unperturbed by the daring onslaught of Boko Haram insurgents in northern Adamawa leading to the annexation of Mubi, the second largest town in the state, the management of American University of Nigeria (AUN) said in a statement, that “Normal academic and social activities in its Yola campus are going on as scheduled”.

According to the university’s president, Professor Margee Ensign, the university is sticking to its scheduled academic timetable and other activities.
“Classes are ongoing and exams will go on as scheduled at the end of the semester. Presently, the university alumni are holding their weeklong homecoming activities in the campus and it has been a full house.
“The university feels secure by the assurances it has received from the state government and the military high command, as well as our own internal security and safety measures”, the statement noted.

Ensign said, “The university has firmly resolved to continue its collaborative partnership with community-based organisations under the Adamawa Peacemakers Initiative (API) in providing humanitarian aid to the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) flocking to Yola for shelter who are putting up with an already-overstretched families under challenging conditions.
“So far, the American University of Nigeria and the API, with assistance from international donors, have donated relief materials and food aid to over 200,000 families in the past two weeks since the conflict in the northern parts of Adamawa State escalated”, the statement added.
Ensign’s statement came against the backdrop of heightened tension in the state capital which led to the closure of many primary and secondary schools just as politicians, traditional rulers and senior government officials evacuated members of their families from the state capital for fear of Boko Haram attacks.
American University pledges to continue operation despite daring Boko haram onslaught Reviewed by Jisieike Samuel on November 10, 2014 Rating: 5

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