UNICAL stu­dents protest ‘poor wel­fare’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

Stu­dents of the Univer­sity of Cal­abar yesterday em­barked on a protest over what they de­scribed as poor wel­fare and lack of ameni­ties on the cam­pus.

They blocked the main en­trance of the univer­sity as well as other ac­cess roads to the in­sti­tu­tion.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the protest did not only dis­rup­ta­ca­dem­i­cac­tiv­i­ties,but af­fect­ed­ve­hic­u­lar­move­men­ton some ma­jor roads.

They ac­cused the out­go­ing Vice Chan­cel­lor, Prof. James Epoke, of re­fus­ing to look into what they called de­cay­ing in­fra­struc­ture, in­se­cu­rity on cam­pus and lack of elec­tric­ity in their hos­tels for over two months.

One of the stu­dent lead­ers said: “Do you know that rats come to eat our legs when we are sleep, be­cause ev­ery­where is bushy and there is no elec­tric­ity. Again, we have not had wa­ter for months now and stu­dents have to travel long dis­tances to fetch wa­ter”.

He al­leged that the out­go­ing VC was not con­cerned about stu­dents’ wel­fare be­cause his tenure­would­ex­pirenextmonth.

Chant­ing anti-Epoke songs, another stu­dent from the English and Lin­guis­tics depart­ment said they had to demon­strate out­side the univer­sity be­cause “the last time we demon­strated within the school premises, they charged us for dam­ages.”

He claimed that stu­dents were tired of what he called the non­cha­lant at­ti­tude of the school lead­er­ship.

“The protest is to send him out be­fore his ten­ure ex­pires next month,” he said.

Re­act­ing, the Vice Chan­cel­lor, Prof. Epoke, said the stu­dents have a right to protest, but as­sured that the sit­u­a­tion would soon be re­solved.

“They are stu­dents and they have the right to protest. On the is­sue of elec­tric­ity; have you had light in your area in the past weeks? And why would the stu­dents think they are he­roes to en­joy sta­ble elec­tric­ity and wa­ter? You know that it is a gen­eral prob­lem,” he said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.