College of Fisheries students protest over poor welfare

Students of the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology, Victoria Island have protested against the management of the college over poor welfare conditions of the students.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, students of the institution lamented poor sanitary system and dilapidated hostels.

One of the students who identified himself as Sulaiman Ajayi (not real names) said the management had paid little or no attention to their welfare.

He said, “We have no pipe borne water, no good sewage system and no light for a long time even the hostels are in a dilapidated condition.

“The school’s like an abandoned island because no one is ready to come to our aid.”

When asked whether they have complained to the supervising ministry of the institution, he said, “The ministry is silent about the state of the institution. We have complained and no one is responding to our plight.”


Ajayi said with the deafening silence of the ministry, it seems the school might have been forgotten.


“With what we are hearing from the ministry, it seems the FG wants to scrap the school. We have no latest training equipment. The ones that we have are not functional and they expect us to perform at our utmost best.


Corroborating the students statements, a retired Navy Captain, Peter Onwordi said all what the students stated was true.


Onwordi who said he lived at the Naval dockyard said the welfare package for the students was very poor.


The retired Navy captain said he could not remember the last time the school had electricity.


“The school lacks qualified teachers because most time when they come to the naval dockyard and meet me, they beg me to give them lectures. They have no electricity, neither is there water or good sanitary system  for the students. I think there is urgent need to save the institution,” he said.


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