Students of Federal University, Oye Ekiti, (FUOYE) Ekiti State, on Wednesday took to the streets to protest incessant power outage in their host community.
The protesting students, who decried poor electricity supply to the area said situation was adversely affecting their studies at the institution.
Armed with the placards with various inscriptions like, “No Light in FUOYE”, “We need electricity in Oye Ekiti”, “power supply is crucial to our studies” the students moved to the office of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) before storming the palace of the Oloye of Oye Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju, to register their displeasure at the situation.
Though officials of the BEDC were not available at their office, they however, told the monarch about their plight for onward transmission to appropriate quarters.
Speaking to newsmen on the situation, FUOYE Students’ Union President, Oluwaseun Awodola and Public Relations Officer, Adetola Omofoye, said they were left with no other option than to embark on the protest to demand provision of electricity and other facilities that will make the their area conducive for learning process.
According to Awodola, “Our education depends on light and we are being deprived of electricity. The electricity distribution company had been making life difficult for us and frustrating our studies. They usually restore light to our homes only about three days towards month end in a bid to distribute their bills.
“The darkness that they have thrown the community to has compelled many of us to go to ATM stands and bank premises to read at night. We need not be told this is not safe and secured. When we go out to read where we can have access to light, many of our students had their rooms burgled and they lost valuables such as laptop computers and phones in the process.
“We are suffering. We want the Federal Government to come to our aid urgently on this issue of electricity. We cannot continue like this.
“The government has to consider our accommodation issue too and as well transport problem. Owing to inadequacy of vehicles, our students trek many kilometres daily and are exposed to accidents. The government has to rise to our aid urgently,” the students’ union leader said.
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