The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has vowed to punish those involved in the violent protest at the Isa Mustapha Agwai I Polytechnic (IMAP) in Lafia.
The House has resolved to conduct a thorough investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the students’ protest.
Hon. Daniel Oga Ogazi, the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology gave the assurance when the committee visited the management of the polytechnic in Lafia.
Oga Ogazi said that the visit was to get first-hand information from the management of the institution on the students’ protest that led to the destruction of properties worth millions of naira.
“First and foremost, we sympathise with you and the government over the protest that led to the destruction of properties worth millions of Naira.
“We thank God that no life was lost. We condemn the protest in its entirety.
“We are here on an oversight function in order to rub minds with you so as to get first-hand information on the students’ protest which will help us to carry out a thorough investigation.
“We will do our findings and make a report, an implementable report, we will ensure that those behind the act are brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others, ” he said.
He assured that the management of the institution of the committee’s support to enable them to succeed in the overall development of the education sector.
” The target is to bring you down, we will not allow it. We will draw the attention of His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule to support you in fixing the Information and Communication Technology( ICT) destroyed among other facilities,” he added
He commended the Rector of the polytechnic for following due process while discharging her duties and called for its sustenance.
The chairman advised alumni members of the school to partner with the management of the institution and government in order to bring speedy development to the institution.
Earlier, Dr. Justina Kotso, the Rector of the Polytechnic commended the committee for being up and doing in improving the standard of education in the state.
” I want to commend you for sympathizing with us over the unfortunate protest.
” I want to disclose here that the allegation that the management has closed the school fees portal and increased school fees were false.
” We did not increase students’ school fees and we did not close the portal,” she said.
She explained how the school ICT is helping in payment of students’ school fees thereby blocking leakages in the institution.
The Rector commended Gov. Sule for supporting the activities of the school and called for its sustenance.
The committee had alongside management of the institution inspected the new and old administrative blocks, library, School of Engineering Technology, electrical/ installation workshop, ICT centre and security outpost among others destroyed by the students.
On March 11, 2021, students of the institution violently protested over the alleged closure of the school fees portal and increment in the fees by the school management leading to the destruction of properties.