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UNN students protest against water scarcity

By Lawrence Njoku   |   14 June 2016   |   2:47 am
University of Nigeria

University of Nigeria

Student of the Enugu campus of University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) yesterday, protested against water scarcity and the over three months of power outage in the campus.

The protesting students, who accused the varsity authourity of insensitivity, said they had not gone for lectures in the last one week, due to the poor living conditions.

Following the action, academic and other activities were grounded, as the students lamented the management’s inaction, despite several letters written to them on the issues.

Displaying placards and green leaves, they chanted solidarity songs, as they marched from their hostels to the various media houses in the city, apparently to register their
grievances.

At the gates of some media houses where they were refused entry, they blocked the entrance, chanting “no
entrance, no exit.”

The protesters’ placards bore different inscriptions like “We need light. We are tired of blackout. No light,
no lecture, We need light, we need water. Water and Light are our rights.”

The situation caused traffic gridlock around the school premises for several hours.

It was however gathered that the university authorities has called the leadership of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) to a meeting, in order to resolve the dispute.

Public Relations Officer of the Enugu campus, Godwin Onah said: “Yes, we are in a meeting with the leadership of the students’ union to find solutions to the problem.”

As at the time of filing this report, the meeting was still on even as the students refused to leave the entrance gates.

It would be recalled that UNN Vice Chancellor Prof Benjamin Ozumba, had during the pre-convocation press briefing last year, assured that the perennial water problem in the campus had become a “thing of the past,” saying he had found solution to it.




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