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Published On: Mon, Sep 23rd, 2019

Kaura Polytechnic shutdown over students protest

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From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d Gusau

The management of the Federal Polytechnic Kaura Namoda has been compelled to shutdown academic activities for two weeks as mid semester breaks, following a protest by students who are demanding for security and stable electricity in the institution
According to the notice which was signed by Hajia Hauwa S. Abubakar on behalf of the Registrar, all students were directed to vacate the polytechnic before 4:30pm of last Friday 20th September, 2019 or face consequences.
The management said it acted on the security advice that, the students should proceed on two weeks break during which all necessary measures will be applied to address the challenges which led to the protest staged by the students.
The Registrar of the polytechnic, Alhaji Salisu Abubakar Chorima who was seen enticing the students to exercise patient as the management took the issues very serious and will address it promptly, said the protest was uncalled for, saying, “The protest emanated following an attack launched on some students who were on evening devotion by yet to identified hoodlums”.
Chiroma said four of the students were injured and rushed to the school clinic and were attended to as facilitated by officials of the school management, two of them were discharged on same day while the remaining two were discharged the next day (Friday 20th September, 2019).
On the issue of electricity, the Registrar explained that, the entire Kaura Namoda town has been in total blackout for several weeks as Kaduna Electric not KEDCO had cut off supply of power to the area.
“But the management is using its standby generators as alternative to provide electricity in the polytechnic, adding that, four motorized boreholes also supply water to the students,” he said.
The notice indicated that, normal academic activities will resume on the 7th October, 2019, therefore, all students are directed to returned with an undertaking letter from their parents/guardians address to the registrar through Heads of Departments that, they will never partake in any unlawful demonstration.

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