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Plateau Govt reacts to PlaPoly students’ protest

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The Plateau State Government says it woke up to a “mild drama” that saw the staging of agitation by students over the refusal to conduct examination by the academic staff as a result of a strike to drive home labour demands, and as a result, activities at the institution were disrupted.

The government says this resulted into the blocking of the highway by students, resulting in disruption of traffic along the ever-busy road.

The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Hon. Dan Manjang, in a statement issued to newsmen in Jos on Monday said, when security personnel moved in to persuade the students to vacate the road and restore normalcy, a clash ensued between the students and security personnel.

According to him, “Contrary to news making rounds in the social media, no casualty has been recorded. However, some students sustained injuries and have been taken to the hospital and are responding to treatment.”

He said, at a meeting with labour leaders of the Polytechnic, Executives of the Student Union Government of the Institution, Management of the School and Government officials, led by His Excellency the Deputy Governor, Professor Sonni Gwanle Tyoden, it was resolved that the lecturers should allow academic activities to continue, while negotiations go on between the aggrieved Unions and Government over the said demands.

Hon. Manjang reiterated that, “The implication of this is that students will continue with their examinations, according to plan. While Government recognizes the rights of both students and staff to press home their demands, it enjoins all and sundry to do so with all civility and in accordance to the rule of law.”

He added that, “Plateau State belongs to all citizens and, as such, the agitation for one’s rights should not deny the rights of others, and therefore all must strive not to rupture the peaceful coexistence, which has been built over the years, particularly in the face of recent developments.” 

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