Rumpus in Kaduna as poly students protest
Students of Kaduna Polytechnic on Friday barricaded the entrance to the institution’s main campus in protest over lack of water and power supply to the school for over a week.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the students prevented lecturers and other members of staff from gaining entrance into the polytechnic.
One of the students, Adamu Muhammad said that they have been suffering from lack of water and electricity for a week and the management has done nothing to address the situation.
“Exams is fast approaching and we the students have been denied water and electricity, we usually go out of the campus to search for water”, he said.
Malama Hauwa Muhammad, an academic staff member who was blocked off at the gate, expressed sadness over the issue saying that students’ welfare should be taken seriously.
“I am calling on the school management to as a matter of urgency to solve the problem at hand so that our students will perform well in their forthcoming exams”, she said.
When contacted, the Registrar of the school, Dr Muhammad Musa, said that the water supply scarcity was caused by epileptic electricity supply to the institution.
Musa also said that rainstorm had destroyed most of the electric poles supplying light to the school but added that the management is making all efforts to fix them.
“There is no way we can supply water 24-hours without electricity, but at the moment we have made arrangements with the state water board to supply the school with water in tanks.
“Moreso, the students want 24-hour electricity and it is not possible given the current performance of the Kaduna Electric.
“We are doing our best to provide electricity by spending huge sums on diesel to power our generators,” he said.
The registrar appealed to the student to understand the school management and allow the school conduct the upcoming examinations without hitch.