Comrade Musa Umar Aboki, the President, Student Union Government ( SUG) of Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia has alleged that those benefiting from previous analogue system of payment of school fees were those that instigated the students protest in the institution on 11th March,2021.
Comrade Umar Aboki revealed this on Tuesday in Lafia when the officials of the union appeared before the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education investigating students protest at the institution.
The SUG president while condemning the act, urged the committee to deal with any person/ persons found wanting to serve as deterrent to others and for the overall development of the education sector in the state.
” I want to commend you for investigating the students protest as we have also condemned the act in its totality.
” We were suspecting that some people who were benefiting with the old ( analogue) method of school fees payment instigated the students protest.
” They were not happy when the new management of the school introduced new portal for students registration and payment of school fees.
” As the new portal blocked linkages and checkmate corruption as before now some students school fees goes into individuals hands, ” he said.
Umar Aboki dismissed allegations that the school management closed school fees portal and increased school fees which led to the protest.
” On 11th March, 2021, the school portal was working as some students were paying school fees when the protest was going on and as I am speaking, the portal is presently working
” We don’t know why some students protested ,” he said.
The SUG President commended the school management under the leadership of Dr Justina Kotso for providing purposeful and inclusive leadership as well as carrying students along in her scheme of things.
Earlier, Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman, House Committee on Education said that the committee decided to invite them in order to get first-hand information that would assist it in carrying out its investigation.
” We have invited you to testify on the students protest of 11th March, 2021 which destroyed properties worth millions of Naira at the institution.
” Tell us what you know about the students protest in order to unravel the immediate and remote causes the protest,” he said.
Oga Ogazi (APC-Kokona East) said that the committee would come up with its findings at the end of the day in order to punish perpetrators of the protest.
The chairman advised students to always remain calm and respect constituted authorities by respecting the school rules and regulations in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the education sector.
Also appeared before the committee were Mr Arinya Ogbole, the Embattled Chairman of Alumni of the institution and Jamilu Abubakar, the former Caretaker Committee Chairman of the polytechnic Alumni where the committee chairman blamed them for incitng the public against the management of the polytechnic through their posting in the social media and other utterances.
Mr Gambo Kigbu, one of the presidential candidate of the Alumni of the institution tendered more documents to the committee on how Jamilu Abubakar is inciting the public against the management of the institution.
On his part, Mr Hudu Suraj, a staff of the institution while defending himself before the committee told them that he did not have any problem with the rector but was on the rector’s office to tell her about what Jamilu Abubakar was posting in social media about the school.
Also appeared before the committee was the DPO of Ombi 1, Lafia Officer, A. Aliyu with his men.
The committee reinvited Jamilu Abubakar to appear before the committee Tomorrow,Thursday, May 6th, 2021 by 9am .