Wednesday, 2 August 2017

1 hour Traffic gridlock as Anambra College students protest Govt. hijack of parks, transport system

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Commuters plying through the ever busy Enugu/Onitsha expressway experienced hectic time for almost an hour last Wednesday as over 100 students of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe blocked two lanes of the federal road at Arroma junction, Awka, the Anambra State capital.

The protesters, who came under the aegis of Joint Campus Committee (JCC) in Anambra, said they were protesting over an alleged imposition, molestation, extortion and hijack of their motor parks and transport system by the state government. learnt that the students stormed the capital city in two chattered Coaster buses, alighted at the popular Unizik temporary from where they matched to government house before returning to form a cycle at Arroma junction, brandishing placards of different inscriptions some of which read, “voice of student must be heard” “Students say no to intimidation” “Uju Akudo Must Go” “Commissioner for Transport Encouraging Tout.”

Speaking on behalf of the group, Anambra State chapter Chairman of NANS JCC, Comrade Betty Okoye, demanded for sack of the State Commissioner for Road, Rail and Water Transportation, Hon Chinwe Nwaebili and Dr Uju Akudo, SSA Special Duties for allegedly masterminding the new illegally introduced transport system in the institution as well as for using thugs to harass them to comply to it.

Okoye said, “How can we be clamouring for one thing for long yet we can’t have it? We have written to them to leave us alone but they refuse. We can’t sit and watch while our fundamental human right is infringed upon. We have functional motor park call Omambala park located at 3-3 which is fenced and well secured.

 “However, oodua group in collaboration with these Commissioner Nwaebili and Akudo introduced another park at Egeti, Onitsha and insist we must make use of it. It is called Anambra Drivers something. They also introduced thugs they are using to stop us from making use of our own park and our transport system. This leads to intimidation, harassment, rape and others meted upon us because theirs is unsecured.

“These people are also charging us between N200 to N250 from Egeti to our college. This is totally unacceptable. Before our own system from Omambala park to school is N50 for buses and N70 for shuttle buses and keke. Governor Obiano must step in to stop these illegal agents from tarnishing the good image of his good government. They have even extended it to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University campus, Igbariam.”

Speaking also, Comrade Ejike Joseph, a student of Biology Department and SUG President, Nwafor Orizu College of Education, added, “We want only SUG students buses to be conveying us from 33 to the College. We don’t need any other transporter or park to do that. They are calling us touts. They are forcing us to use their own vehicle. They even manhandled one of our lecturers in Economics department. Therefore, this thing must stop.” reporter who was at the scene of the incident, reported that even the efforts of Divisional Police Officer B division, Mr Tony Adeyi, who led some policemen to control the students, were in vain as they refused to go even when they were shooting sporadically on the air to scare them away.

The DPO further charged them to properly channel their grievances to authority concern rather to disrupt federal or state roads as by so doing amounts to depriving other citizens rights of using public roads.

However, the students left after Hon. Chinedu Obidigwe, the SSA Political to Governor Willie Obiano and his entourage, who were also affected by the blocked road, came out and pleaded with them to go home as the government would investigate and bring the matter to an abrupt end.



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