EducationFederal College of Education Yola Shut Down

YOLA — To forestall the breakdown of law and order, the management of Federal College of Education (FCE) Yola, Adamawa State Northeast Nigeria has shut down the institution following violent protest by the students of the school over alleged scarcity of water.

The situation was aggregated when some of the rioting students were chased by armed military personnel and other security operatives.

The presence of security operatives has provoked the students to go wild, set fire on buildings, and vandalized stores.

Ahmad Gidado, Registrar of the College, told newsmen that the school was closed down till further notice to curtail further breakdown of law and order.

He admitted that there was a breakdown in the college’s main water source, but denied that students were left without water supply for too long.

He attributed the water scarcity to the breakdown of the main industrial borehole supplying the water needs of the entire school.

 “Management swung into action on hearing about the water challenge yesterday (Monday), immediately asked the works and services department to fix the problem, but only to wake up to see students rioting this morning.

“The college has other boreholes but dealing with about five thousand students could not meet the water needs of the school that is why the water tanker was used to augment the water need caused by the breaking down of industrial borehole.

“This morning while the water tanker is distributing water to fetching points, the agitation of the students persisted, in order not to allow the incident to get out of hand an emergency meeting by the school management was convened in the interest of peace and order we decided to close down the school.

“The management was immediately asked to vacate the school as security agencies have taken over the institution to manage the situation,” Gidado added.

 Some students said “we are protesting poor living conditions on campus and it got worse when the industrial borehole broke down and the management did nothing about it.

“The college had been without water for many days, we were left to sleep and study under poor environmental conditions, imagining, over 3000 students living without water supply for days now.

“We have to source for water outside the college. We also have issues with the power supply,” they added.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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