29 November 2012

Nigeria: Students Protest Disrupts Traffic in Owerri

Owerri — Traffic along the ever busy Owerri-Orlu federal highway was, yesterday, disrupted for several hours, following the blockade mounted by protesting students of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, AIFCE, Owerri.

A detachment of policemen drafted to the area had hectic moments in their bid to control traffic, as well as ensure that government and private properties were safeguarded while the protest lasted.

The angry students told Vanguard that they were protesting what they termed "lack of basic amenities in the school, including electricity and potable water".

One of the students, who simply identified herself as Ngozi, told Vanguard that "we have not had electricity and water supply in the school within the past two weeks and nobody has so far cared to explain things to us".

Reacting to the students' protest, the institution's Provost, Dr. [Mrs.] Blessing Ijeoma, described the angry demonstration as "misplaced, unnecessary and uncalled for".

According to the Provost, "it is wrong for the students to say they have not had electricity and water in the past two weeks."

Ijeoma said that although poor public power supply remained a national problem, AIFCE management had been doing its best to give the students at least three hours of power supply daily.

"Each time there is no public power supply, management does its best to supply power on campus for at least three hours every night," the Provost said.

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