ABU bans sale of Kunun aya on campus
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.