Students of Yaba College of Technology (Yaba Tech), who are currently protesting the death of a student and conditions in their school, have denied a claim by the college administration that their protest was aimed at postponing their impending examinations. A day ago, Yaba Tech’s spokesman, Charles Oni, accused the students of staging protests in order to avoid sitting their exams.
In a statement released through the Civil Society Coalition, the students refuted Mr. Oni’s claim that they were jittery about their exams, which are approaching.
The students stated that they had in the past written examinations even in the face of harsh and deplorable conditions in the college. They explained that their protests were triggered by the avoidable death of one of their colleagues, alleging that the student’s death stemmed from the negligence of the college’s health staff. Their statement remarked that it was untenable for them to ignore their colleague’s unwarranted death.
“We wish to inform the general public that the Nigerian students in YabaTech wrote examinations in the last semester amidst inhumane conditions comprising of scarcity of water and absence of power supply and bug-infested classrooms without any form of protest,” the students said in their statement. They said it was alarming that the welfare of students had never been the priority of the college’s management.
“We couldn't be so heartless to disregard the death of our own Dear Dazan Charity Olubukola whom we lost to negligence of our management as a result of the unconcerned nature, failure to procure standard drugs and other facilities to strengthen the pale medical Center,” the students stated.