Uniabuja students protest poor electricity, water supply
Students of the University of Abuja yesterday took to the streets protesting against inadequate water and electricity supply as well as poor security on campus.
They blocked the main gate to the institution, turning back people in the morning. Some of them told Daily Trust that conditions on campus had deteriorated and made life unbearable.
“For almost two months, we’ve had no light and we queue for water that’s hardly there while most of the time we sleep with our eyes wide open for fear of intruders,” a female student said. Another observed that the hostels hardly get electricity for five hours in a day, thereby making learning difficult.
Spokesman of the university, Garba Waziri, said the power problem was caused by the change in power source by the electricity utility company. He said in the past, the school used to get its power supply from the airport substation but it has been changed to Gwagwalada which hardly gets supply. It also leads to the inability to pump water for students’ use, he added.
Waziri dismissed the report on insecurity, saying he was hearing such complaints for the first time.
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