Students Of Lafia Polytechnic Protest Over Closure Of Registration Portal

Students of Isa Musthapha Agwai I Polytechnic Lafia, Nasarawa State have protested over the closure of the registration portal by the management of the institution.

The angry students barricaded Lafia-Jos Road, the major road in the capital city of Nasarawa State for several hours until they were chased away by the perssonel of Nigeria Army and the Police.

Reporters who visited the scene of the protest on Thursday (March 11, 2021) in Lafia reports that the students destroyed some structures and property of the Polytechnic.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also reports that the property destroyed include; 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 others.

There are also unverified videos circulating in the social media of students throwing stones at a moving vehicle suspected to be that of the Rector of the polytechnic.

Speaking to newsmen, Alkamis Ladan, National President of Nasarawa State Students Association (NASSA) said the protest was due to the closure of registration portal by the management.

He explained that the students were to commence examination on Monday 15 and the students yet to pay their registration were requested to pay additional N10, 000 before they could reopen the portal.

The NASSA National President appealed to the management to reopen the portal in the interest of peace and development in the institution.

The student leader also appealed the his fellow students to remain calm as they would engage the management towards finding lasting solution to the problem.

When contacted, Justina Kotso, Rector of the Polytechnic confirmed the protest and said the management was currently meeting with the management of the state Ministry of Education to decide on the next line of action.

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