Students Shut Varsity for ‘Poor Academic Environment’


Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

Irked by what they described as poor academic environment and near-total collapse of essential infrastructure, students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu Campus, UNEC on Monday shut down the school for a week.

Within the period, the students insisted there would be no lectures and non-academic staff are not allowed to work in their offices.

The students who turned out in their numbers at the school gate to protest poor academic environment barred staff from moving in and out as the school authorities ordered the security officers to lock the gate.

The students claimes that they had not had steady light for three months now and relied only on generator and intermittent power supply from EEDC.

Apart from epileptic power supply or lack of it, the students complain that their hostels stink because they lack water and buy a bucket of
water for N30.00.

The students equally lamented that they lack enough accommodation as too many students are pitched in a room and sleep on mattresses long overdue to be changed.

Some of the students who spoke during the protest at the university gate said they were angry because they paid for wi fi
service but they are not enjoying it.

The protesting students carried placards that read thus: “how can we save lives
without light, light is our right, no light no lectures,” which they say they want the school authority to know and do something about.

“Life has not been easy because of lecture hall. Our mattresses are bad. We are too many in a room. We paid for Wi fi but we are not
enjoying it,” they students point out in unison.