The students of the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC) reportedly staged a protest by staying away from lectures as a reaction to months of near absence of electric power supply in the university.
The Student Union Government of the institution gave the directive for students to boycott lectures and other academic activities.
The protest, which began on Monday, June 6, is coming as the students prepares for the 2015/2016 second semester academic session examinations.
According to Leadership, the lecture halls on campus were locked at around 6:00am with the signs: “SUG UNEC, No Light, No Lectures, Keep Off!!!” on the doors.
On Sunday, June 5, the student union president, Emmanuel Ebuka Nwankwo had urged students to comply with the directive to draw management’s attention to their plight.
Nwankwo said the “outcome of the meeting between the the executive council, speaker and principal officers of the House of Representatives, the principal officers of the Senate, the DSP, the chief judge and all the judges, all faculty and departmental presidents, fellowship presidents, hall governors, class representative and indeed all the student stakeholders has led us to arrive at the conclusion that it is time to revive the aluta spirit.”
He lamented that the union was tired of management’s nonchalant attitude to the issue even after several dialogues.
“With exams drawing closer and the seeming continuing non-chalance of the university management the SUG in collaboration with university stakeholders is declaring a one week sit at home protest,” Nwankwo said in the statement.
According him, “We have been quiet for far too long. It is time we take our fate into our hands. There would be no lectures, no exams, no posting, nothing until we get power.”
“This movement begins Monday 6th and it cannot succeed without your help. United we stand, divided we fall. From today onwards our motto is ‘LET THERE BE LIGHT!,” the statement added.