ABU bans sale of Ku­nun aya on cam­pus

Daily Trust - - CAMPUS ROUNDUP - From Musa Adamu

The man­age­ment of Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity (ABU) Zaria, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil Con­sumer Reg­u­la­tory Task Force (CRTF), has banned the sale of Tiger Nut Juice, pop­u­larly known as ‘ ku­nun aya’, within the in­sti­tu­tion’s en­vi­ron­ment.

The ban fol­lowed the death of three stu­dents, be­lieved to have been caused by the lo­cal drink.

A num­ber of stu­dents, now in the univer­sity sick bay, also com­plained to the health au­thor­i­ties that they had stomach up­set and di­ar­rhea, af­ter drink­ing ku­nun aya.

The chair­man, CRTF, Ab­dul­rah­man Zakari Ya’u, con­firmed that the vic­tims died from ail­ments at­trib­uted to the con­tam­i­nated lo­cal drink.

Ac­cord­ing to the chair­man, the univer­sity au­thor­i­ties had to ban the sale of the lo­cal drink to avoid fur­ther oc­cur­rence of the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dence.

He stated that al­though the school au­thor­i­ties were aware that the lo­cal drink was the favourite of many stu­dents, it re­gret­ted that it had to take the painful de­ci­sion to ban its sale.

In early re­ports by the me­dia, it was said that there had been di­ar­rhea and cholera out­break in of Kaduna State.

It was in the light of this event, said Ab­dul­rah­man, that the school au­thor­i­ties sus­pected that some pro­duc­ers of these lo­cal drinks “might have used con­tam­i­nated wa­ter in the course of their pro­duc­tion.”

While the heat is on, the ques­tion in the minds of many stu­dents is: “why not ban other lo­cal drinks pro­cessed the same way as ku­nun aya, such as soya milk, ku­nun zaki, etc?”

Ab­dul­rah­man re­sponded to this ques­tion by say­ing the CRTF has noted the ob­ser­va­tion and would in­form the school au­thor­i­ties.

How­ever, he said, the ques­tion emerged be­cause of the fear of the stu­dents of how a large scale pro­ducer of ku­nun zaki, han­dled his oper­a­tion in the school’s com­mu­nity mar­ket.

He said: “We are mon­i­tor­ing and su­per­vis­ing the pro­duc­tion process there.”

Many stu­dents be­lieved that the deaths from the lo­cal drink may have been as a re­sult of the poor main­te­nance of the con­tain­ers used in sell­ing the drinks.

Kawu Yaqoob, a 300-level stu­dent of Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, said: “The ban of this drink is some­thing joy­ful to me be­cause for a long time, I’ve been con­cerned about the process of pro­duc­tion of the drink and its pack­ag­ing.”

Musa Adamu is a 300-level stu­dent of Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion at Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity (ABU), Zaria.

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