The students of Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Delta State took to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the continuous black out and lack of water in the school for three month.
Meanwhile, the school Management has debunked the allegation of a total blackout and lack of water supply for three months. It clarified that the Institute was forced to revert to the use of generators as a result of the faulty 33KV transformer in the school.
“PTI has never been in blackout and without water for three months. We were forced to revert to the usage of generators as a result of the faulty 33KV transformer; this has led to power rationing. We provide four hours electricity (8-12 midnight) for students at the hostel. We also ensured there is electricity supply during classes,” noted the Head Public Affairs, PTI, Mr Brown Ukanefimoni
It was earlier reported that students of the Institute started the protest as early as 7:30AM, demanding that the school authority find immediate solution to their plight, especially considering the fact that examination is fast approaching.
According to a reliable source, the students are angered by the claim that the school spend nine million naira to pay electricity bill and another three million naira on diesel on a monthly basis. They claimed there is no justification for such huge expenses as the school is always in darkness, occasioned by lack of electricity supply.
Lecturers and other management staff are stranded outside the school premises.
This is the second time in three years that the students will be staging protest due to lack of electricity supply and portable water on campus.
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Ukanefimoni noted that the students has apologised for the unlawful protest and normalcy has been restored.