The 2019 gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa state is just two days away (Saturday 16th November, 2019) and the parent community have raised concerns over the welfare of their wards in Amassoma. Parents’ worries are mostly based on ubiquitous pre and post election violence which often posed threats to lives and properties. Fortunately enough, most of the students are currently on holidays and concerns over students’ welfare are at its lowest ebb.

Despite the holidays, Predegree students are currently on session attending classes while most freshers are around for their clearance and verification. Others who are done with their verification have also gone ahead to rent their apartments and remained in Amassoma. Some may decide to stay until school finally resume even as management has remained mum over the 2019/2020 resumption date. So many resumption dates has been released and posted online especially that of engineering and management science, however, we remain patient for management bulletin/academic calendar as that is the only dependable source of information.

Should Parents be Bothered about the Elections

Amassoma have a history of peaceful elections over the past decade. There is hardly any known violent fatalities/deaths in Amassoma that are caused by elections. In fact, while movement is largely restricted as it is expected in any elections, the atmosphere has always been peaceful, comfortable and calm to participate in the elections. Therefore, parents should not be worried over the safety of their wards over the elections provided those who are not voting remain in their houses. This report is based on previous occurrences and does not in any way speak for what will happen on Saturday, hence, parents can use information provided here to guide their wards on how to conduct themselves during the Saturday elections.

Regarding the possibility of violence on Saturday, it is hard to predict that there will be possible violence as the town has been peaceful even up to the time of this report. Although those who plan violence don’t come up to reveal their plans, the situation in Amassoma is one that portend peace for the Saturday elections.

Safety Tips for Students

Follow the tips below to stay out of any possible problems in the Saturday elections:

  1. There is no business on Saturday, meaning your business is at home. Therefore, as a student, if you are not an eligible voter, kindly remain indoors or within your surroundings.
  2. Sharing of money is usually an election feature in Nigeria. Don’t be dragged into such act. Ignore collection of money in any election, vote wisely and go back home.
  3. In the event of any violence, don’t bother trying to go and check on what is happening. Quietly go back home and return to vote if at all the environment is then peaceful and voting is ongoing.
  4. In any event there is shooting even as it is rare in Amassoma, lie on the bare floor of your home and enjoy the coolness of the Saturday afternoon while you may be watching television or listening to radio to get news on happenings around.
  5. Movement in election days in Amassoma are often restricted till after the elections. Restrictions often die down as from 3pm downward. Hence, get your Saturday morning food ready and enjoy your home on Saturday morning.

It is a known fact that elections in the country are sometimes violent. Therefore, it is wise to thread with caution. Most students registered with INEC in their homes making them not eligible to vote in Amassoma. Therefore, students in this category would preferably remain at home to mind their business.

The Niger Delta University has not often made provision for possible election violence victims who are students to be treated. However, the sickbay is open to possible emergencies. Hence, all registered students’ related emergencies should be referred to the sickbay for first aid. For further info and assistance on cases of emergencies, our lines provided in the support page are available 24/7 to respond and give informational assistance on any student related critical cases.

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