The Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna State, was forced into a four-week power outage as a result of the school’s inability to pay the debts it owed to the firm that distributes electricity to the building, Kaduna Electric.
ANAEDOONLINE According to Metro, the school’s power outage may have contributed to the postponement of the scheduled return date, which was originally set for May 29, 2023.
According to Abu Musa, a 400-level Engineering student who spoke with our correspondent, this was not the first time the school had experienced a blackout.
“The blackout has really isolated some students,” he said.
There are some laboratories that require power supply for them to be running, without the power, they won’t be able to use some of them. The blackout was responsible for the postponement of academic resumption.
“This is not the first time the blackout will be happening in the school. It happened some weeks after the elections but some intervention by the school and other alumni led to the restoration of power a week after.
“However, four weeks ago, the power supply was disconnected and is yet to be restored. The two weeks they said the school will resume will elapse tomorrow (today) with no solution in sight. Some of the students who wanted to stay around left because of the power outage.”
A shop owner, Afeez Opeyemi, while lamenting over the lack of power in the school, appealed for an urgent solution, adding that many businesses had ceased to operate in the school.
Reacting to the development, the school management, in a bulletin dated May 26, 2023, titled, “Power Outage: A Call for Understanding,” appealed for understanding over the blackout.
“The University management wishes to call on members of the University community for understanding over the current power outage being experienced all over the university, as it is doing everything possible to resolve the problem,” the bulletin partly read.
Contacted, the Head of Corporate Communications, Kaduna Electric, Abdullah Abdulaziz, in a text message sent to our correspondent on Monday, said power would be restored when the school management settled its debt.
“The school’s power supply will be restored when they settle their debts. Or did they tell you they had paid and were not reconnected,” he said.
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