Students protest over insufficient food in Gombe

Hundreds of students of Government Science Secondary School (GSSS) Jekadafari, Gombe state have staged a peaceful demonstration today over alleged insufficient supply of food to the school.

GSSS Jekadafari, Daily Telescope learnt is one of the oldest boarding secondary schools in the state.

However, Gombe state government says it has set up a committee to investigate the alleged lack of sufficient food or feeding in Government Science Secondary School (GSSS).

The students with placards and fresh leaves trekked from the school premises at Jekadafari in the metropolis to the state’s ministry of education around Government Reserved Area (GRA), to register their grievances which includes; persistent snatching of phones by security officers and diversion of meals meant for students.

The students who were chanting, “we are not doing, we are not interested,” in a viral video were seen lamenting ill-treatment by the school authorities.

An unidentified student said: “We came out to protest because our foods (provisions) are being snatched away from us and the food we are being served is insufficient.

However, the schoolboy said: Yes, the government do provide food for us in school but is not enough and even the ones they served are being snatched away from us.

“We were told that, the school authorities have given the security men the authority to snatch our food from us,” the schoolboy claimed.

Speaking with newsmen, the Information Officer of the ministry of education, Saidu Bappah Malala revealed that the committee which had been inaugurated was giving three days to submit a report of its findings to the commissioner.

Malala said: “We were together with the commissioner this morning when we heard about the protest we rushed back to the ministry before his arrival to the ministry the students have already left.

“However, the commissioner followed them to the school and immediately inaugurated a kind of a committee that will investigate the real cause of the protest,” Malala said.

He added saying: “When we met some of the students, they said some of their belongings were being stolen, that security officials were snatching their phones.”

 

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