By CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI—Students of Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, Thursday besieged the Owerri Business Office of Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, protesting the disconnection of the institution from the national grid.
The protesting students, who equally disrupted both vehicular and human traffic along Douglas Road and Royce Road in the early hours of the day, claimed that they were preparing for their examinations.
The students lamented that the blackout had unleashed untold hardship on them and threatened fire and brimstone if PHCN management did not restore power in the school without further delay.
Addressing the protesting students, the Senior Manager, Public Relations, Mr. Ositadinma Ugwuafor, informed them that the school management owed over N6 million for electricity consumed in the school.
“PHCN will give the institution’s management up to Thursday next week to clear the outstanding arrears or risk having the electricity supply lines removed.
“We had earlier talked to the leadership of the Students’ Union Government and appealed to them to ask their management to clear the bill and this failed,” Ugwuafor said.
Speaking in a telephone interview, the Polytechnic’s Public Relations Officer, PRO, Mr. Donatus Ihejirika, confirmed that PHCN disconnected the institution from the grid, adding that the generating set broke down about two weeks ago and had not been repaired.