By Osahon Osahon
Students of the University of Benin on Friday vowed to keep the protest over the deplorable state of the school hostels until the management of the institution fix the situation.
The students’ protest which paralyzed vehicular movement on Friday in the Ugbowo axis of the Benin/Lagos highway accused the management of the school of paying deaf ears to the plight of the students.
According to them, school hostels had been in blackout for over two years while water is not being supplied to their hostels.
The protesters who barricaded the busy express lamented that most of the hostels’ roofs were bad and drop water on students’ beds whenever it rains.
The protesting students also accused authorities of the University of extortion.
The students who vowed to sustain the protest till the management of the University do the needful, barricaded the road by the Ugbowo main gate of the University.
The situation resulted in long queues of vehicles on both sides of the highway, forcing commuters traveling and others going to work to remain at the spot for hours.
They also decried the State of disrepair of their hostels, which they said are characterized with leaking roofs, poor toilet facilities, untidy environment and overgrown weeds everywhere.
They also accused the management of the institution of maltreating the school cleaners.
However, police operatives drafted to the area ensure that the protest do not spill into violence by the student.
Effort to get official response from the University’s management proved abortive, as several calls made to its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Michael Osazuyi, ranged out.
He had not returned the call as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, sources close the office of the PRO, who craved anonymity said the university’s management was already discussing the issue with leadership of the state.