FCE Gombe closed after students protest lack of water


The Federal College of Education (Technical),
Gombe, has reportedly been shut down
indefinitely by the management following
students’ protest » of inadequate water supply
on campus.
According to Thenation , the school had be
deserted and students sent home pending
invitation to continue with their truncated second
semester which started in April, 2016.
The college’s provost, Dr. Gimba Abbas said the
College would remain closed until management
does its assessments, meet and decide on way
forward which he said would take three weeks.
Abbas confirmed that there were some
casualties during the uprising.
He said about six students were affected, five of
them being asthmatic were affected by the
police teargas while the other got a bullet
wound.

TheNation spoke with some students who
explained that the campus has been suffering
from water scarcity for three days now.
“ We are in a fasting period. In the morning, there
will be no water to cook or do ablution for prayers.
In the evenings, it is the same thing; we don’t get
water to prepare something to break the fast.
“I was in my hostel I heard voices from the other
block, ‘we no go gree, we no go gree’. Before you
know it, everyone joined. Now we have been told to
go home” they said.
Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer,
Gombe Command, Ahmed Usman said there was
no casualty but confirmed the injury of a staff of
the institution who was pelted by the students.
He said about 100 students were apprehended in
connection with the crises and they were
immediately released to their Dean of Students
Affairs after their statements were taken.

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