Nass Poly closed over students rampage

From Esther Akaa, Lafia

Nasarawa State Polytechnic, also known as Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia was Thursday shut down by the school management, following violent protest by students over alleged closure of the school’s registration portal by the management of the institution.

Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Justina Kotso said, management of the state polytechnic has closed down the school for one week with immediate effect.

Dr Kotso, at a press briefing in Lafia, said a fact finding committee would  be constituted to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the students unrest which led to destruction of structures in the school.

“We just saw students carrying placards, throwing stones, destroying properties in the polytechnic and as a result, we called for an emergency board meeting so as to take actions  that would prevent further damages to the school property.

“We will set up a committee to look into the immediate and remote causes of what happened,” Dr Kotso said.

She, however, denied allegations by students that the school portal was closed and students charged to pay additional fees.

Students of the polytechnic had staged a violent protest over alleged closure of the school’s registration portal by the management of the institution.

The protesters destroyed structures and properties of the school including;  part of adminstrative block, street light, water tank, vehicles belonging to staff, Information and Communication Centre (ICT), security house at the gate of the institution among other facilities.

The rampaging students also blocked the Lafia-Jos road where the school is located for several hours before  they were dispersed by security agents.

Speaking to newsmen, National President of Nasarawa State Students Association (NASSA), Comrade Alkamis Ladan, explained that the students were to commence examination on 15 March, 2021 while students who were yet to pay their registration fees were asked to pay additional N10,000 before the portal would be reopened, an action that did not go down well with the students.

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