– One Ade, a student at the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, Bayelsa state, has drowned while fetching water from a river near the school
– There is no water on the campus, and the victim reportedly drowned because he could not swim
– Students embarked on protest against the institution’s management and expressed anger over the management’s alleged absence from the school
– The school’s rector however denied allegations that the management was operating from a different location outside the campus
A student of Public Administration at the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, Bayelsa state, only identified as Ade, drowned in a river close to the institution on Sunday, April 16, Punch reports.
The victim met his demise while fetching water for domestic use due to non-availability of water on campus.
NAIJ.com gathers that aggrieved students of the institution went on rampage, following the development, as they protested against the absence of water and the alleged neglect by the school authorities.
According to a source, Ade drowned because he could not swim.
The source stated: “The two of them could not swim. So, when Ade fell into the river, all his friend could do was to raise the alarm. Before people could get to him, he had breathed his last.”
The situation was worsened due to the fact that the school’s management is not present in the Ekowe campus.
The institution’s rector, Timi Seiyaboh, and staff members reportedly operate from a liaison office in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The protesting students alleged that all attempts to call the rector’s attention to the incident proved abortive.
To prevent a breakdown of law and order, a team of police operatives was reportedly dispatched to the school.
The school’s management was faulted on its handling of the matter by a human rights activist, Alagoa Morris.
He stated: “It is interesting to hear that the police arrived on the campus which is situated along the River Nun, while the authorities of the institution remained in Yenagoa and invited the students to come to meet them.
“Even if the transport fares of the students will be borne by the school authorities, it is unacceptable. The school should not be managed from Yenagoa.
“The rector and other management staff have to go down to Ekowe and justify their pay and engagement by the federal government.”
When contacted, the rector denied allegations that he was managing the school from the state capital. He said he was on the ground to handle issues.
In his words: “I am always on the ground and I have been here to handle the problem. There was no time I asked the students to come to meet me in Yenagoa.”