KASU Kafanchan Campus Power Blackout: Students Brace Up for Peaceful Demonstration
By: Femi Mustapha
Following the 5-month power blackout that has left the Kafanchan Campus of Kaduna State University (KASU) shrouded in darkness, student leaders of the institution have decided on a Two-Day Peaceful Demonstration to express their frustration over the situation.
This decision was reached in a communique issued after an urgent meeting held on September 26, 2023, at the Kaduna State University (Kafanchan Campus).
The communique states that the demonstration is planned for the 11th and 12th of October, 2023, with the aim of drawing attention to the extended power outage.
The student union believes that this action will shed light on their predicament and exert pressure on the relevant authorities to expedite the restoration of power to the campus.
The communique also states that an Examination Boycott is scheduled for October 16, 2023, if power is not restored to the campus by the date of their second-semester examinations.
The union warns that they are prepared to take more drastic measures if necessary.
“We hereby declare that if the power supply issue remains unresolved by this date, the students of the KASU Kafanchan Campus will boycott the forthcoming examinations.
“We would like to emphasize that these resolutions are a collective decision of the students of Kaduna State University Kafanchan Campus, made in the best interests of our academic and overall well-being.
“We firmly believe that access to uninterrupted power supply is a fundamental necessity for the achievement of quality education, a right we are entitled to under Chapter II, Section 18 of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended).
“Furthermore, our actions are firmly rooted in the constitutional rights to freedom of thought, conscience, and expression (Section 38); freedom of expression and the press (Section 39); freedom of assembly and association (Section 40); and freedom of movement (Section 41) as outlined in Chapter IV of the Fundamental Human Rights Under The 1999 Constitution (As Amended).
“We stand by these constitutional provisions as we seek to bring attention to our plight and work towards a solution.
“This communique serves as an official declaration of the collective resolution made by the students of the Kaduna State University, Kafanchan Campus.
Therefore, we kindly call upon all relevant authorities, including the university management and the government, to take swift and appropriate measures to restore power to our campus, ensuring that the rights of the students to quality and adequate education are upheld.
We urge all students to stand united in support of these resolutions and to participate actively in the upcoming peaceful demonstration as a sign of our commitment to bringing a swift resolution to this issue.
We remain resolute and united in our pursuit of a better learning environment at KASU Kafanchan Campus.”
The communique reads.