On Tuesday March 14th, news went round that students of the Enugu State university of Science and Technology ESUT were carrying out a peaceful protest.
On my show yesterday Thursday March 16th, the spear-headers of this protest were my guests on #PeoplesForum where they clarified a lot about the protest.
First was the fact that the peaceful demonstration began on Monday via social media. It was premised on the fact that the school management had refused to allow final year students who hadn’t paid school fees entrance into the examination hall thereby ensuring they do not participate in the exams.
This according to one of our guests, Joshua Agusiobi would mean the students would lose a year while paying school fees twice (both for this year they missed exams and next year they would then take the exams).
This reportedly infuriated the students both those who had paid and those who hadn’t paid, as they all began to complain via their various whatsapp groups. This grew as the school’s major social media hub, #ESUTconnect, then joined the conversation. The students through this platform on social media agreed to refuse taking exams the next day and then protest
This they did in protest on Tuesday March 14th. The students were also protesting the exorbitant as well as the penalty of an extra N10,000 for late payment of the fees.
The students, took the protest to the government house where they met with governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who instructed that all students whether they had paid or not should be allowed to take their examinations. The governor also promised to look into the issue of exorbitant school fees.
Reports emerged that the students had been given one million Naira by the governor. They admitted they did received the said money as one of my other guests, Christian Okolo, said the money was shared equally among all the students who had gone to the government house. He said many had contributed financially to see to the success of the protest. The money was to ameliorate the expenses made.
Many listeners called to commend their maturity and comportment in carrying out a peaceful as well successful protest.
My guest in the studio were
Agusiobo Joshua Onyedika
Civil Engineering department, ESUT
Facebook: Agusiobo Joshua
Okoli Christian Ugochukwu
Business Adminsitration, ESUT
Facebook: Christian Brain Okoli
Azike Chijindu Faith
Law faculty, ESUT
Facebook: Azike Faith