Uniabuja stu­dents protest poor elec­tric­ity, wa­ter sup­ply

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Habibu Umar Aminu and Ab­dul­wa­siu Has­san

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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