By Ugochi Oparanozie
On Wednesday 30th November 2012, the students of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri, residing in the school hostels, disrupted business and academic activities in the campus by embarking on a peaceful demonstration.
The reason for the demonstration was to express their dissatisfaction on the manner which the Student Union Government was representing them, because light and water which are the basic things the students need were not provided adequately.
Speaking to www.otowngist.com, one of the students who refused to disclose his identity said that the protest actually started on Tuesday evening in the hostels.
By Wednesday morning, the students have shut down the school gate denying both students and lecturers entrance into the campus at about 9:50 am.
It took the intervention of the school Provost, Dr Blessing Ijeoma, who addressed the students at the school pavilion.
Speaking to the students, Dr Ijeoma said that she has taken various measures to see that the problem of water and light be solved in the campus.
Dr Ijeoma added that the school has requested for a new transformer and generator which will arrive soon to ensure steady power and water supply. She however urged the students to be patient with her administration on the issue of light since it is a national challenge.
During the protest, www.otowngist.com notices that S.U.G president, Comr. Okemili was not seen anywhere around the campus and some students disclosed that he was seen last on Tuesday evening living the campus.
The School gate
Provost, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri, Dr Blessing Ijeoma addressing the student.
the crowd at the pavilion
students moving to the pavilion