The Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT) has sought divine intervention to avert the sudden death that has gripped the institution.
According to Dean of Students’ Affairs of the institution, Professor Jude Udenta in a chat with THE WHISTLER, “In view of our cosmology, whereby we believe strongly in the influence or effect of the spiritual upon the material, we have reached out to pastors, asking for forgiveness and divine intervention in regard to an end to the tragedy.”
Professor Udenta appealed to the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone F to engage in talks with the school authority instead of calling for the closure of the University.
He said, “What we had expected from NAN Zone F is an appropriate synergy based on consultation in a time like this, not a declaration of shut down.”
NANS Southeast Zone, through the office of the zonal coordinator, had earlier called for immediate closure of ESUT over sudden death of 13 students from strange ailments in the University a few weeks back.
NANS wrote that the order to shut the school was to allow for extensive meetings with relevant stakeholders including the university management, medical experts, security agencies and students’ representatives.
It threatens that failure to shut down the institution with immediate effect, would compel NANS to escalate action.
However, Professor Udenta who described the situation as unfortunate disclosed that the last student that died was a victim of road mishap while returning after performing his chores.
“It is noteworthy that this latest case was the only one among the deceased that was an on-campus students, the rest were off-campus,” the don added.
“The case of the two young ESUT students who died somewhere in a lodge in Enugu town is still under investigation,” said him.
“About the remaining two cases still under investigation, they were said to have died of certain undisclosed ailments, which they tried to tackle, in town, through self medication,” Professor Udenta expressed.
According to him, the University held meetings with its security committee and have asked them to sensitise all off-campus students about the use of generators and such other possible risk factors.
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