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Four Students Shot At Metallurgical Training Institute Onitsha

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 at 12:42 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Christian Emeka  –  Awka


The police last Friday allegedly shot and wounded four students of the Metallurgical Training Institute (MTI), Onitsha, Anambra State as students of the school protested against poor hostel accommodation, rejection of the school’s diploma certificate by other federal government institutions among others.

The students blocked the ever busy Onitsha/Owerri Road, set a bonfire and were chanting solidarity songs.

No fewer than fifteen (15) vehicles belonging to the school and some of the staff had their windscreens shattered by the protesting students.

When the school’s Director, Mr. I. I. Okonkwo was called on telephone, he refused to speak claiming that he was not authorised to speak to the press.

 Daily Independent leant trouble started in the school on Wednesday morning when some graduates of the school who had gone to Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, Warri, Delta State to further their studies were rejected by PTI.

They were allegedly chased out by some security agents attached to the school over the excuse that MTI Diploma Certificate was not recognised by Petroleum Training Institute.

The aggrieved students who were rejected by PTI were said to have communicated to some of their colleagues who are still studying at MTI that they were wasting their time as the Diploma Certificate from the school which is under the Federal Ministry of Mines and Power was not recognised outside the school on graduation.

The situation was said to have angered the students who organised themselves and delegated the Students’ Union Executives to approach the Director of the school, Mr. I. I. Okonkwo to know his reaction.

But on reaching the Director’s office Wednesday, the delegation of students were reportedly turned back by Mr Okonkwo who was also accused of not showing enough sympathy to the plight of the students.

However, feeling humiliated over the director’s behaviour, the students were said to have regrouped on Friday morning and allegedly vandalized some of the school property including Plasma TV sets and Computer sets.

On realising the nature of the protest, the Director, Mr. Okonkwo reportedly ran into his office with some members of senior staff of the school in a bid to escape the students’ wrath.  One of the students, a 200 level Welding and Fabrication Department who did not want her name on print told our correspondent that the students’ grievances were many, but accused the director of showing no sign of addressing them.

She stated that the hostel accommodation provided by the school was overcrowded even as and the institute kept on admitting more students.