Academic and social activities were paralysed at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, on Wednesday as students shut the college’s gates to protest the death of a final year student, Miss Comfort Dazan.
The protesting students also took to the roads, blocking the Jibowu end of the Herbert Macaulay Road, Yaba. The students were said to have chanted solidarity songs and displayed placards, some of which read, “Injustice to one is injustice to all” and “This nonsense must stop.”
According to Punch, the protest caused gridlock in the area, as the students prevented motorists from moving in and out of the school.
The lady was an HND 11 student in the Department of Office Technology Management.
It was learnt that Comfort, who had just finished the practical aspect of her examination, was to sit for the main examination on Wednesday (yesterday).
It was gathered that the student, however, fell ill some days ago and was rushed to the college’s medical centre. The medical staff allegedly asked to pay N35,000 before she could be treated.
When she could not raise the money, she was allegedly left unattended to, while her condition worsened until Tuesday when she was referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Oyingbo.
Comfort, however, died about 12am on Wednesday while being taken to the FMC.
This got other students angry, as they went on the rampage at about 1pm, shutting all the entrances.
One of the protesting student cried out, “The school’s medical centre is in a poor state. We cannot allow any movement into our campus until something is done about it. What is the use of a health centre that cannot treat ill students?
“Last week, one of my roommates sustained burns as a result of hot water. She was rushed to the same centre. Nobody attended to her until after three hours. They gave her only Paracetamol.”
The school Deputy Rector, Dr Morouf Adebakin, who addressed the students, promised that the management would look into their claims.