FUOYE Students Protest against Poor Facilities

Written by Akeem Alao

Students of Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State (FUOYE) have staged a peaceful protest again over poor power supply in the community.

During the protest on Tuesday 10th September, 2019, the angry students stormed the office of the Electricity Distribution Company in Oye-Ekiti, disrupting academic activities.

They blocked the Oye and Ikole campuses, stopping fellow students and staff from gaining entrance into the school premises.

The students were seen with placards with inscriptions such as “Say No to NEPAPHOBIA”, “We need light” chanting “we need light” in songs.

They marched from the school gate to the office of the Electricity Distribution Company in Oye-Ekiti, blocking motorists and passengers from using the Federal highway leading to Ilupeju, Ikole and Kogi and Abuja axis.

One of the protesters, Okedare Gbenga, a 300-level student of Geology department lamented how students pay for power supply they never enjoy.

“Here we are suffering. We pay for light, and we won’t be given light . I believe the protest is not a waste of time,” he said.

Another protester, Adekola Ayomide Franchis, a 300-level student of Accounting department and President of the Faculty of Management Sciences, lamented the poor power supply.

“I think it high time the students let their voices out. We have been suffering and smiling in this community

“This is a student environment where we need light and other infrastructural facilities as well. There is no potable water; no borehole and we claim to have a government who has interest in the welfare of the youth.”

While addressing the students, Vice-Chairman National Association of Nigerian Students, Ekiti State, Comrade Taiwo, declared the protest opened, threatening it will continue until the situation is addressed.

“If they don’t address us today, tomorrow we are resuming back to this gate. We are not stopping this protest until we win and mind you if you are not ready to face your fear you can’t win. Let us face our fear so we can win,” he stated.

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Akeem Alao

Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.

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