Students protest, vandalise school property in Jigawa

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Gumel  – The students of Jigawa College of Education, Gumel, on Tuesday, went on rampage and vandalised the institution’s vehicles and property during a protest over lack of water supply in the campus.

Some of the students, who spoke to reporters, attributed lack of water in the school to the protest.

A reporter who visited the college reports that windows were broken and some vehicles were destroyed.

The Dean, Student Affairs of the college, Malam Umar Muhammed, said the school authority was shocked by the violent demonstration.

Muhammed said the faulty subversive pump, which supplies water to the school, was repaired, adding that other sources of water supply at the institution were functional and available for students’ use.

He said the school had solar powered water system and five hand pumps on the campus.

“Apart from the faulty subversive pump that supplies water to the school, which was immediately repaired, we have other means of water supply.

“We are surprised by the way and manner the students reacted.”

According to Muhammed, the school has set up a committee to investigate the matter while some students have been invited for questioning.

He said that those discovered to be involved in the violent protest would be disciplined by the college.

Meanwhile, An Association, Ringim Committee of Friends in Jigawa, has appealed to the government to intervene and restore power supply in Ringim town and its environs.

This is contained in a statement signed by the chairman and secretary of the union, Sadisu Musa and Umar Haruna,respectively, and made available to reporters on Tuesday in Dutse.

It said the community had been without electricity for more than four months.

According to the union, the situation had affected economic activities in the area.

“Housewives who sell sachet water and other commodities that use electricity have been deprived of their livelihood.

“Small scale industries like bakeries, tailoring institutes, plastic industries in the area among others, have been affected,” he said.

It appealed to political office holders from the area both at state and national levels to intervene and rescue the town from the power outage.  (NAN)

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