Students Protesting Over College Shut-Down Tear-Gassed in Edo Government House.
Edo Govt Tear-Gas Protesting Students In Benin
Edo Government on Wednesday opened tear-gas on students’ of the state College of Agriculture who were on a peaceful protest to Government House, Benin.
It would be recalled that the government had ordered closure of the school around June 2017 over what it termed “total revamping” of the school.
Before the closure however, the government had promised to send the students of the state owned instituting on three months Industrial Training (IT) which the closure was supposed to last.
The students’ said eight months after, nothing have been heard from the government.
The President of the Students’ Union Government (SUG), Emakpor Kenneth, said they have written series of letters to that affect bu
t there was no response from the government.
“When the governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, came to appeal to us with this plan closure for a period of three months and then the IT issue, we believed him as a father, not as a governor.
“He even came up with the idea of biometric for the payment of stipends for the IT; we were all captured but that was all we ever heard about the IT.
“We felt the need to embark on this peaceful protest since there was no response from our correspondences to the government.
“We came here with the intention of getting somebody to talk to us on what our fate in this system is or what is delaying the alleged revamping or the promised of IT.
“However, instead of talking, Obaseki ordered his security aides to teat-gas us. Yes we heard it when one of them said it was an order from oga.
“You can see some of my students with injuries while I don’t even know the where about of some of them. When it is time for election they come to romance with us but look what he is doing to us now,” he stated.
The students had earlier blocked the main gate that serves as entrance to visitors to the Denise Osadebey Government House.The blockage by the students prevented visitors from using the gate, a situation that resulted into diversion of traffic to another gate.
This follows an open protest on February 1st 2018 to the ministry of agriculture Edo State