By Milcah Tanimu
Students at Kaduna State University’s Kafanchan campus in Kaduna State have warned that they will boycott their second-semester examinations if the power supply isn’t restored after an extended blackout.
In a statement to the institution’s management during a two-day peaceful protest against the power outage and other concerns, the first vice president of KSU’s student union, Comrade Eli Sajo, spoke on behalf of the joint leadership of various student unions. Sajo expressed concern that the ongoing absence of electricity, which has persisted for over five months, has adversely impacted their lectures and preparations for upcoming exams.
Despite multiple protest letters and promises made, the students have yet to see the power supply restored.
While acknowledging the university management’s efforts to provide alternative power sources, Sajo noted that this solution is unsustainable. The students are demanding the immediate restoration of power before October 25, as the situation has also negatively affected their safety due to theft and vandalism of their property.
Students participated in the protest bearing placards with messages such as ‘Bring Back Light to KASU,’ ‘No Light, No Exams,’ ‘Light Up Kafanchan Campus,’ and ‘Restore Our Light.’
In response, KSU Provost for the Kafanchan campus, Prof. Ibrahim Sodangi, recognized the students’ concerns and assured them that the management is making every effort to address these issues promptly. He explained that a list of the institution’s needs has been presented to Vice-Chancellor Prof. Abdullahi Musa, who has the intention of addressing these matters but has faced financial constraints for ongoing projects.
Sodangi commended the students for their peaceful conduct during the protest and encouraged them to allow room for dialogue to ensure their grievances are effectively addressed for the benefit of all stakeholders.