Untold plight of the ASCOE – Azare students — Nairalovers

By Mustapha Baba

 

SIR: I use this medium to bring the nail-biting hardship of the Aminu Saleh College of Education, Azare, in Katagum LGA of Bauchi State, to the attention of the Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed.  This state-owned college, which was founded in 1977, is endowed with all sorts of high-quality infrastructure except the five-kilometre internal roads and water drainage systems.

The deteriorating state of the entrance road, intra-campus road, lack of water drainage systems and lack of electricity supply in this college impacts students’ academic performances negatively many students miss their lectures because of either a hike in transport fare by tricycle operators or their refusal to drive on that badly damaged road since deep potholes on the road make driving very difficult and dangerous as vehicles keep maneuvering to avoid bumping into holes that often cause accidents.

The immediate past administration had promised to construct a 5km internal road in the college and all measurements were made, but the promise remained unfulfilled as it had been made with a view to securing our votes in 2019 general elections.

Even the massive high-quality buildings constructed by the TETFund are now in dire jeopardy in the college due to lack of drainage systems that culminated in a scary water erosion across the college.

Obviously, lack of electricity supply is a gigantic threat to the academic performances of the students in the college and provokes serious disruption of activities in campus and research. It also leads to scarcity of water in the students’ dormitories, causing health and hygiene risks. These dormitories are infested with mosquitoes as the environment is riddled with trash and contaminated water. It is pitiable to see that students often use torchlights to read at night.

In the current era of shift in technological and pedagogical approaches and tools in tertiary education, it is vital to ensure availability of electricity supply in students’ dormitories, laboratories and lecture halls in order to enhance their academic performances. Unfortunately, the reverse is the case in the ASCOEA as the entire students’ dormitories and lecture halls have been without electricity supply for nearly six months as a result of the disconnection of public power supply which is said to be associated with the college’s inability to pay their bill. This nail-biting menace resulted in water scarcity in students’ dormitories and halls. So, the provost of the ASCOEA should be reminded that limiting electricity supply to the staff quarters is absolutely unscrupulous and violates the students’ academic rights.

I appeal to our considerate governor, Senator Bala Mohammed to help address the hardship that the students of this college face by constructing the 5km internal road along with water drainage systems and bringing back electricity supply to the dormitories and lecture halls.

  • Mustapha Baba,  Azare, Bauchi State.

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