Students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, yesterday protested the poor electricity supply in Oye Ekiti, the host community, saying the situation is unbearable and inimical to their purpose in school.
The students who gathered for the protest early in the morning later moved to the office of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, and the palace of the traditional ruler in the community, the Oloye of Oye Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju, to express their grievances.
The protesting students carried different plycards with inscriptions such as protesting “No Light in FUOYE”, “We need electricity in Oye Ekiti”, “power supply is crucial to our studies”.
When the students got to the BEDC office, they were disappointed for not meeting officials of BEDC in the office, they later 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, 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.