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Kaduna Polytechnic speaks on students’ protest

The Management of Kaduna Polytechnic has reacted to Friday’s protest by students of the institution over power and water shortage in hostels.

In a statement signed by the Deputy Registrar, Information and Protocol, Mr. Samuel Obochi, he said there was no crisis in the school as claimed in some quarters.

He, however, said that the priority of the Rector and his Management team was the issue of students’ welfare.

Obochi in the statement said the students’ protest was as a result of communication gap between the students and their union leaders.

He called on the general public to disregard the report of the crisis in the Polytechnic as the situation was now calm.

Obochi said, “The attention of the Management of Kaduna Polytechnic has been drawn to the rumours being spread of a crisis in the Polytechnic as a result of Power and Water shortage experienced by the students in their Main Campus hostels.

“The Power Supply to the Institution was interrupted due to the collapse of the electric poles that supplied light to the Main Campus as a result of the wind that blew across Kaduna metropolis on Wednesday, 2nd May 2018.

“The Management in an effort to cushion the effect of the incident on the Power and Water supply made an arrangement with Kaduna State Water Board to be supplying the hostels with water in Tankers as well as diesel for the generators as a temporary measure until the situation is restored back to normalcy.

“The closure of the Main Campus gate by the students was a way of showing their displeasure and a break in communication between the students’ bodies.”

He declared that the issue had been resolved amicably between the parties involved.

“Management wish to call on the students and stakeholders to always communicate their grievances through the appropriate channel rather than resorting to protest,” he added.

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