A protest staged by Hundreds of students of University of Lagos (UNILAG) against the university authority over the electrocution of a female student on campus, paralysed all academic activities in the institution today.
The students started their protest by staging processions in different parts of the campus before barricading the main gate of the institution.
A 300-level female student of Accounting, Oluchi Anaekwe was said to have been electrocuted on Tuesday at about 7 pm when a high-tension wire fell from an electric pole and she unknowingly stepped on it on her way to her hall of residence.
Both Oluchi and her twin sister were said to be returning from a Christian fellowship when the incident happened. She was said to have been rushed to the school clinic where, the students claimed, she was not promptly attended to, leading to her death.
“It is an act of negligence for management not to have removed the high-tension wire since it had been dangling for many days. It is also an act of negligence for us to take one of our colleagues to the school clinic without prompt attention by the medical staff,” Taiwo Jere, a 200-level Banking and Finance student said.
Daily Trust reported that the school observed that campus shuttle comprising commercial vehicles working within and outside the campus, were grounded by the aggrieved students.
Another student, Taiwo Fadekemi said the protest was the culmination of many cases of negligence on the part of the school management and until something practical was done, the students would push on with their protest.
But reacting, UNILAG’s Dean of Students’ Affairs, Prof. Tunde Babawale said it was not true that the student’s death had to do with negligence on the part of the university authority but that of Power Holding Company of Nigeria
“First and foremost, the management is deeply touched by the development. Though we know that it is an accident, we are nonetheless putting measures in place to forestall recurrence. The wire that fell on our student is attributable to PHCN.
“UNILAG doesn’t run an overhead cable. All our cables are underground. The PHCN had of course accepted responsibility and had also promised to redress the situation because the Vice-Chancellor had made it known to them that we cannot continue to lose our students due to their fault,” Babawale said.
He also expressed the management’s condolence to the parents of the late student, describing her death as “not only a loss to UNILAG but the country at large.”
He added that the Vice-Chancellor has assured the parents of the deceased, of the varsity’s readiness to render assistance to them in a way that would redress their pain at this period.