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“How can we be productive? No light, no water” ABSUTH Provost Joins Students to Protest 36 Day Power Outage



ABSUTH-no power protest-professor christian alukaIt’s absurd that in 2016, there’s still nothing close to constant electricity in Nigeria.

On Monday morning, the Medical Student Association of Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) in Aba, Abia state, carried placards to protest their poor study conditions as a result of lack of power. There has been no electricity for over a month – 36 days to be exact.

“How can we be productive? No light, no water” one of the placards read. “51,850 minutes of darkness”, another read. “We need light.” another emphasized.

Their provost – the head of their school – Professor Christian Aluka, in a show of solidarity joined them in the peaceful protest.ABSUTH-no power protest-professor christian aluka 2 ABSUTH-no power protest-professor christian aluka 3

Photo Credit: Metro Pillar


  1. Charles

    March 15, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    E be like say dem swear for this ABSU. Always in the news for the wrong reasons-murders,cultism

    • Beeeee

      March 15, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      So this protest is a “wrong reason” as well?? SMDH

    • nnenne

      March 15, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Mr. Charles this protest is not for a wrong reasons!

  2. Tosin

    March 15, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    lol. he kukuma joined them.
    but seriously there’s no light AGAIN, after last week’s week-long outage.
    if the soup i just bought spoil for freezer ehn, … no let me swear

    • nene+

      March 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Errm Mr President has just been conferred with the highest honour in Equatorial Guinea.
      Take your protest to John Mahama the nearest president.

  3. Frida

    March 15, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Later some idiots will come here to spew rubbish about elongating medical training to 11 yrs.
    Why doesn’t the Nigerian govt spend their time and resources in making the teaching hospitals and colleges of medicine better equipped. Most of the medical students training is centred around the teaching hospitals. Smh. Imagine 11 yrs of studying with no light and no water.
    This country is laughable.

  4. keke driver

    March 15, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    BN Yall had better post this…..”IT’S QUITE UNFORTUNATE THAT NIGERIA IS A WASTE OF TIME” walahi

  5. Mabel

    March 15, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    How hard can it be. Folks out here dying from respiratory disorders and cancer from inhaling generator fumes.

  6. Arise o naija

    March 15, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Ghana went thru dis for just four years and c the pressure they gave their govt to fix the problem.and Nigerians still feel demanding for basic necessity is a crime? Smh

  7. AB

    March 15, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    really sad state of affairs!

  8. Tunmi

    March 15, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    But why is there no electricity? What is going on at the local level?

  9. nene

    March 15, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    abia state. all present and past governors should be in jail. the worst state ever! how dyou expect productivity and growth with no electricity?

  10. chi

    March 15, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Its quite disheartening that the good intentions of our provost to blend in and calm the situation down has been misinterpreted and his name dragged to the mud….How do you describe a man who had no idea of the protest but humbly came down from his car took a placard and joined the students??? A wise man….this single act weakened the students and made it easier to be addressed…any contrary act had the capacity to spur a certain level of violence amongst the students which would have been lethal, therefore the notion that the provost led the protest is far from the truth and should be dismissed.

  11. cha

    March 16, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Get the facts clear….The provost didn’t join in the protest oooo.. The medical students prevented him from entering the hospital compound. He had to get out his car and carried the placard to calm the students down. The students now followed him back to the college lecture block where he addressed them…I REPEAT HE DIDN’T JOIN THE PROTEST.

  12. Okorie Janet

    March 16, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Its time the Nigeria media started getting it right. Please, don’t copy and paste a news without verifying.
    The provost was blocked from entering the teaching hospital premises, and he had to come down and carry a placard from the protesting students to calm them down. Please be properly guided.

  13. Ananaba knowledge

    March 17, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    pls our provost DID NOT join us in the protest….he just took the place card to calm d students down because d gate was all jammed with students. …it was more like a bait so that we can follow him to the college block. …pls lets get it right. …We have a provost dat loves and understands our plight ….

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