NSA ordered to intervene as power outage raises security concerns at Yobe girls’ college |

NSA ordered to intervene as power outage raises security concerns at Yobe girls’ college |

Amid concerns over recent suicide bombings in Gwoza, parents of students at the Federal Government Girls’ College (FGC) in Potiskum, Yobe State, are urging the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, to intervene in a power supply dispute that has left the school in darkness for months.

The Yola Electricity Distribution Company has disconnected the power supply over an alleged unpaid debt, but the school management disputes the amount owed.

The school, which has been housing students of the Federal Government College, Buni-Yadi since 2014 following the devastating Boko Haran terrorist attack, is now plunged into darkness, raising concerns over the safety of the students.

The parents, who spoke to PRNigeria anonymously, fear the power outage could leave the school vulnerable to terrorist attacks, which have hit the region in the past, and a resurgence of suicide bombings.

The parents’ concerns are not unfounded, given the history of terrorist attacks in the region. In 2014, a terrorist attack on Federal Government College, Buni-Yadi, resulted in the death of 59 students and the destruction of 24 buildings. The students were subsequently relocated to Federal Government Girls’ College, Potiskum.

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“We understand that the school may be in debt, but cutting off power for months is not the solution. Potiskum is still a terrorist-affected area and we cannot afford to take any risks. We urge the YEDC to restore power to the school immediately,” said a parent.

Another parent added: “We are appealing to the NSA to intervene in this matter. The safety of the school is at risk and we cannot expose our children to danger. We need to restore power and we need to restore it now.”

PRNigeria’s attempts to contact the Principal of the Girls’ College, Hajiya Halima Sule Bello, for comment on the matter were unsuccessful as her phone number was unreachable.


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