Poly students protest high levy, epileptic power supply
By Tayo Johnson
Students of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, on Monday protested over N500 levy charged on the Entrepreneurship Development (EED), which the student described as “illegal charges” They also protested over epileptic power supply and irregular water distribution in the school. The students numbering over 1000 went on rampage around 8am and it lasted for over 4 hours, paralysing human and vehicular movements around the campus. The aggrieved students led by their Student Union leaders, rendered anti-government slogans and barricaded all entrances leading into the institution. If not for the quick intervention of the policemen who stormed the institution immediately with over five police trucks to calm the situation down, it would have escalated. Immediately the school authority got wind of the protest they called the Student Union leaders to a meeting to discuss on the way forward, and the meeting lasted for over an hour. Addressing journalist shortly after the meeting, the Student Union President of the institution, Iyiola Oladimeji explained that the protest started because of some misunderstanding between the management and the students. “We don’t want payment of extra charges of N500 on the Entrepreneurship Development (EEP) which is very unreliable, but we have reached a consensus with the school management to adjust it, because the students are complaining that the charges are too much and that the atmosphere is not conducive for them. “Also, we don’t have stable electricity power supply and water. We have been experiencing epileptic power supply for some years now within this academic community,” Oladimeji stated He disclosed that after the round table discussion with the management they have agreed on a consensus that they will subsidise the EED log book for N300 for them, adding that those that have paid N500 will be refunded.
The SU president further directed the students to suspend the protest immediately.
“We have given the school management the ultimatum to meet our demand before the end of this week, if not our next protest will be escalated more than this,” he warned.
Reacting on behalf of the institution management, the Public Relation Officer, Alh Sola Oladoye said:” The polytechnic Ibadan is also part of the Nigeria society. I dare say than none of us is having regular electricity supply in our homes, and these students are also individuals from different homes and what they are experiencing here is not different from what they are experiencing in their various homes.”
The PRO disclosed that in spite of the management’s shortcomings, they have agreed that regular electricity will be supply to the students one hour before they leave their hostel and two hours at night, stressing that during the same period water will be pumped.
On the EED levy, Oladoye said the course charge is for their own benefit to make them self independent after their studies.