Achievers University shut over students’ blackout protest

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Management of the Achievers University, Owo in Ondo State has temporarily shut down the institution after students protested poor power supply.

The students were said to have tampered with the power generating set while protesting on Wednesday night.

Some of the students, who spoke on anonymity, said they carried out the protest because power supply has been irregular for two weeks.

Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Samuel Aje, in a statement, said academic activities have been suspended until further notice and the school temporarily shut down.

Aje said the students went on a rampage and appeared poised for war.

He said the institution has been consistent in the supply of 18-hour electricity daily in the 14 years of its existence.

Aje said the development was because the two giant power generators supplying students; area collapsed, adding steps were taken to remedy the situation.

According to him, “One of the generators was fixed on Monday 16th while repair work on the other is ongoing. This repair cost the University millions but we are not complaining as we see it a duty that we must perform for a conducive learning environment.

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“Unfortunately our students are not patient enough for us to fully fix the problems.

“The situation got out of hand yesterday night as the students went on rampage. There are many WhatsApp messages flying around suggesting that the students are poised for war.

“Management has therefore directed that all academic activities be suspended forthwith until electricity is fully restored.

“However, all the students that are fingered to have actively participated in disruption of peace in the University community will be disciplined in line with the provisions of the University students’ handbook.”

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