Water Protest Breaks out at University of Abuja

By Anila Bangash
Justice Correspondent, SAM Daily Times

“ We are missing with no alternative than to become manifest and tell the humanity our problems." - Nigerian Student

University of Abuja, Permanent Campus
University of Abuja, Nigeria: Thousand of students took to the streets on Monday protesting against inadequate water and electricity supply and a poor security system on the Permanent campus.

Nigeria News Agency (NAN) informs that they blocked the road leading to the Senate house and classes. and that their protest was inevitable because the school authorities had not arranged water for the last 3 months.

A female student spoke out “For almost two months, we’ve had no light and we queue for water that’s hardly there while most of the time we sleep with our eyes wide open for fear of intruders,” Other student pointed out the power outages in hostel are making it impossible for them to study.

Another female student who requested for anonymity, said she had not had her bath for a few days as there was water. According to her, some of students use sachet water to bath, cook and even wash clothes.

Garba Waziri, spokesman of the university, ceased to consider the complaints on security but for load shedding he responded that the power source was being shifted from the airport substation to Gwagwalada. Not just the students but also the residents Gwagwalada had complained about inadequate power supply many times before. They had also requested for the electric transformers and expressed anger over paying bills for the electricity they never consumed.

Without electricity, students at campus are unable to draw water from earth. Garba assured the students that the university is trying hard to solve the problem. On the other hand, Baro Ahmad, the Business Manager, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Gwagwalada, said the company is resolving the electrical problems to free the the campus from power outages.

NAN reports that Ahmad has promised a steady power for the campus by 4 p.m today. Electricity will solve all their hygiene problems caused by inability to pump water out.


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