Angry students from the University of Abuja, UNIBUJA, School of Nursing, Gwagwalada and College of Education, Zuba, yesterday held staff and officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, hostage for several hours over alleged failure of the Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed to fulfill promises made to them years ago.
The promises, according to the students’ leader, Comrade Friday Adayi, included a student shuttle bus, students welfare as regards sponsorship for conventions or seminars, construction of a unity park in University of Abuja, provision of potable water supply in the FCT College of Education, Zuba, as well as furnishing of the “common room” for the students.
The students’ leader explained that the essence of the peaceful protest was to register their displeasure with the delay in fulfilling the promises, as well as remind the minister about the suffering of thousands of students who are forced to study under the hard condition.
Over 500 students from University of Abuja, FCT College of Education, and FCT School of Nursing, insisted that they would not leave the FCTA premises without the bus promised them by FCT Minister, prompting the intervention of the FCT Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu who later addressed them and urged them to be peaceful in their conduct.
Addressing the students, Executive Secretary, FCT Education Secretariat, Mallam Kabiru Usman commended the students for exhibiting maturity in their conduct, saying that FCT administration had not forgot the promise.
He explained that the Minister had consented to the procurement of the bus and other demands within the jurisdiction of FCT Administration, attributing the delay to inability of the National Assembly to pass 2015 FCT budget.
“Once the FCT 2015 budget is passed by the National Assembly and cash backed, the money will be released for the procurement,” he explained.
While urging the students to acquaint themselves with jurisdiction of the FCT administration and the federal government as regards provision of infrastructure in schools, the Education Secretary told them that the issues of potable water supply in the school, construction of unity park and other related matters should to be channeled to the Ministry of Education for intervention.
He however reminded the students of COE Zuba that the FCT Administration has halted further infrastructural development in the temporary site, stressing that FCTA has been channeling resources to the permanent site with a view to completing it in no distant time.
“We have spent over N1.5 billion in putting up the necessary educational and social infrastructures in the permanent site for the benefit of the students,” he disclosed.

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