FUOYE Students Protest Over Poor Power Supply

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

Tuesday’s protest is coming after a similar action four months ago when they stormed the office of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company in Oye-Ekiti, disrupting academic activities over poor power supply.

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

The visibly-angry students carried placards with inscriptions such as “Say No to NEPAPHOBIA”; “We need light” chanting “we need light” in songs.

FUOYE students protest

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

Some of the students decried the state of poor power supply.

One of the protesters, Okedare Gbenga, a 300-level student of Geology department lamented how students pay for light but they don’t enjoy it.

“ Here we are suffering there is total black out aside from that we will be paying 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.

FUOYE students protest

“The major aim of this protest is light in Oye-Ekiti. This is a student environment where we need light. Without light we can’t read our books, we don’t have access to the internet.

“This is a student environment where we need light and other infrastructural facilities as well. There are no good waters, there is no borehole and we claim to have a government who has the interest of all citizens at heart.”

Former Vice-Chairman National Association of Nigerian Students, Ekiti State, Comrade Taiwo while addressing the students declared the protest opened, threatening it will be sustained until government addressed the situation.

“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 while addressing the students.




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