By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Students of Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) on Wednesday embarked on protest over epileptic electricity supply in Oye-Ekiti, the host community of the institution describing the situation as undesirable.
The students who gathered on their campus at about 10am from where they moved to the office of Benin Electricity Distribution Company and the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, the Oloye of Oye-Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju,to express their grievances.
Among inscriptions on the placards of the protesting students are “No Light in FUOYE”,“We need electricity in Oye-Ekiti”, “power supply is crucial to our studies”.
Discovering that officials of BEDC were not available when the students got there, they headed for the palace of the Oloye where they made their grievances over the incessant blackout known to the monarch for onward transmission to necessary quarters.
FUOYE Students’ Union President, Oluwaseun Awodola and Public Relations Officer(PRO),Adetola Omofoye, said the protest was to drive home the students’ demand for provision of electricity and other facilities to enhance their studies.
Awodola said: “Our education depends on light and we are being deprived of electricity. The electricity distribution company had been making life difficult for us and frustrating our studies. They usually restore light to our homes only about three days towards month end in a bid to distribute their bills.
“The darkness that they have thrown the community to has compelled many of us to go to ATM stands and bank premises to read at night. We need not be told this is not safe and secured. When we go out to read where we can have access to light,many of our students had their rooms burgled and they lost valuables such as laptop computers and phones in the process.
“We are suffering. We want the Federal Government to come to our aid urgently on this issue of electricity. We cannot continue like this.
“The government has to consider our accommodation issue too and as well transport problem. Owing to inadequacy of vehicles,our students trek many kilometers daily and are exposed to accidents. The government has to rise to our aid urgently,”the students’ union leader said.