Official activities were yesterday paralysed at the Nasarawa State Government House, Lafia, following a peaceful protest by aggrieved students of Government Secondary School, Bukan-Sidi in Lafia Local Government Area of the state.
The students staged the protest over their alleged exclusion from the 2014/2015 National Examination Council, NECO, registration promised them by the state government.
The protesters, numbering over 200, blocked the entrance gate at the Government House, along Shendam Road Lafia, demanding explanations on why their names were excluded from the gesture.
Leader of the protesting students, Bilal Mohammed expressed regret that their names disappeared from the list of final year students whom the state government had taken responsibility of their NECO registration fee.
He explained that they had contacted the school authorities on the matter but were told that their exclusion was a directive from the state government that some students were no longer to benefit from the gesture for undisclosed reasons.
“We were asked not to pay for NECO registration because government is doing that on our behalf but to our greatest dismay, we are been told a different story today after the registration exercise had been closed and examination about to commence.”
The aggrieved students who were carrying placards with various inscriptions demanded a personal response from the state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, who could not come out to address the protesters.
Some security operatives stationed at the entrance gate resisted attempt by the students to gain entrance, just as they threatened to deal with the aggrieved students if they insisted on breaking the order given to them to stay far from the Government House first gate.
When contacted, state Commissioner for Education, Husseini Abubakar who declined comments, however, referred our correspondent to the ministry’s permanent secretary, Alhaji Ishaq who equally refused to speak on the matter, noting that as a civil servant, he was not competent to speak to the press.