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Novena University students protest over death of colleague in road accident

…flays varsity authority for insensitivity towards students’ welfare

Students of Novena University, Ogume, Kwale, Delta State, this morning staged a protest over the death of one of their colleagues, a 300-level Public and Community Health (PCH), who died in a road accident on Sunday.

The female student, simply identified as Kelechi, was said to have traveled in company of a colleague to Abraka town to withdraw money from a bank’s Auto Teller Machine.

The condition of the colleague cannot be ascertained as at the time of filing this report and the students are miffed that their colleagues, just like everyone else in the institution are being forced to seek banking services elsewhere, because the only ATM in the University environment is not functioning.

”The students are protesting because they are unhappy with the lackadaisical manner in which the only bank situated in the school, Skype bank has been managed over years” a source told GbaramatuVoice on enquiry.

Properties and some structures in the school are being destroyed by the protesting students, while residents and fellow students are seen running helter skelter within and around the main campus.

Some of the students who also spoke with GbaramatuVoice, expressed disappointment with shoddy way the university authorities have been handling the issue of students being endangered by going into town to avail themselves of simple services that ought to be done inside the school environment, just as in other Universities elsewhere.

One of the students, who was visibly shaken by the incident said; ”The University authorities, are culpable in her death. She ought to have just done the simple withdrawal on campus, with her friend. Look at loss to the parents and friends and the community”.

Some of the students also called on the school authorities to urgently address the situation.

”We are calling on the school authorities to make life bearable for us here, by providing basic amenities and infrastructures, such as functional ATMs from different banks for the school community”.one of the protesting students said.

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