Rivers State College of Health Science and Technology students On Protest


This Pulse Eyewitness report was sent in by
Prince Chibuike Williams.
The protesting students closed the entrance to
the gate, the single point of entry and exit into
the school premises.
Their complaint is that the Provost, Mr. Nnamdi
Amadi has increased their hostel fee from 5,000
to 20,000. This hostel, according to reports from
the students is dilapidated. According to the
students, the hostels are in bad shape and the
toilets and bathrooms are leaking.
However, they do not have enough hostels to
accommodate the population of the students.
Most of the students sleep in empty classrooms
and open places.
Last Sunday, June 5, 2016, a student who is a
victim of no hostel space was rushed to the
hospital with illness suspected to be acute cold
because she slept in the classroom.
To add to their woes, they have not been
provided electricity in the past six months, the
students said that the last time they saw light
was when the Commissioner of Health visited
their school.
You may think that they don’t have enough
reasons to protest but then, the unavailability of
water is another reason the students think they
have had enough of the penury. They don’t have
water supplied to their hostels.
Students cross to the neighboring compounds
and boreholes to fetch water, imagine the pains
they would feel when they carry such heavy
gallons and buckets, cross over to the other side
of the community to get water.
They are pleading and calling on those in charge
and the government to see to their welfare.
Police men from the nearby stations are on
standby to keep watch of the protest and make
sure it doesn’t go out of hand.

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