Students shut down ever-busy Benin-Lagos expressway completely – in longest protest ever
halt movement of CBN bullion van, military vehicle
stop staff members from leaving or going into the school premisses
Chase all members of the management team who came to address them, including the Dean of Student, CSO, Head of Intelligence, Church Chaplain
says; “We’re tired of the system
…the students, who have since converted the highway to a football pitch, have been supplied with foods and water to quench their thirst.
The students have equally shut down the main gates leading to the
Ugbowo main campus of the university, depriving staà of the
institution from leaving or going into the school premisses.
Report have it that the students are protesting failure of the
school management to restore electricity and water to those living
in the university’s hostels.
The protest which commenced at about 6.a.m on Friday has halted
vehicular movements in and out of the ancient city of Benin.
Our correspondent observed that many travelers to and from Lagos were forced to take to other alternatives, including the popular Benin bypass.
We reliably gathered that the students had earlier written to the school management to Õx the water and electricity
problems but nothing had been done to resolve the issue.
As at the time of Õling this report, at about 11:30 a.m, the ever-busy
and commercial Ugbowo axis of the city is currently at a standstill.
Eàorts to obtain comment from the university’s public relations
officer (PRO), Mr Michael Osasuyi, proved abortive.
When our news crew visited the institution’s administrative block,
otherwise known as VCO, it was void of the usual day-to-day
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. F.F.O Orumwense; Registrar, Mrs O. A.
Oshodin and PRO were said to be out of town when our correspondent called at their PRO.
This is not the first time students of the University of Benin will be protesting against epileptic power supply and lack of water in the school’s hostels.
Postgraduate students of the school had last semester, protested against the development which led to the suspension of some hostels mayors and mayoress.
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