The federal university Students, under the protection of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South-West zone, obstructed the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to affirm the ASUU strike.
They obstructed both sides of the highway, causing traffic to jam both inward and outside Lagos. Many travelers were pined-down and commercial activities were grounded during the protest.
The protesters were anchored by NANS Vice President, External Affairs, Akinteye Babatunde; Public Relations Officer, Giwa Yisa Temitope; Zone D Coordinator, Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji; Deputy Senate President, Ekundina Elvis; Ondo JCC Chairman, Omotosho Surprise; Lagos JCC Chairman, Olusesi Tolulope Samson; Ogun JCC Chairman, Kehinde Damilola Simeon and Oyo JCC Chairman, Adeleke Quadri Abidemi.
The students ordered a hurried end to the strike which has entered its seventh month.
They exhorted the Nigerian government to meet the demands of the striking lecturers to warrant them to return to school.
A statement made by the students’ movement PRO, Giwa Yisa, and Zone D Coordinator, Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji which reads:
“We have started a serious action today on ASUU Strike. There is no point quarreling about who is at fault but it’s what is to be done. It is very clear and understandable that the leaders underfinanced education and the Buhari government is failing in its promises to revise education.
“As it is in this today , no higher institution in Nigeria is world class. Yet, our so-called public servants travel all over the world spending billions to send their kids abroad for studies.
“As major stakeholders in the educational sector, we are the ones who can save ourselves. We have monitored the yearnings of students from campus to campus through their social media platforms and also in their public writings.
“Students all over Nigeria stand with ASUU. Our lecturers suffer the same hardships and mal-developments we suffer.
“The staff houses are as bad as the students’ Hostels.
“In South Africa, a Professor’s Laboratory is far more equipped than that of any university in Nigeria.
“History has been killed and undermined so we the youths do not know where we are coming from not to talk of knowing where we are headed. But we will not lament anymore.
“The new leadership in NANS is here to work with students to achieve our set aims and objectives. We believe that the students’ movement has its space in history. It is a task for which we vow to fulfill. We will never let Nigerian students down!
“It is on this note that we declare Forth: We Stand with ASUU. We Call on ASUU leadership for a meeting as soon as possible to discuss solidarity actions and plan for the next phase of the struggles.
“We pass a vote of No Confidence on both the Ministers of Labour and Education. We call for the proper funding of the educational sector as against what has been attainable in the past seven years.
“We call on the Buhari government to pay all outstanding arrears and salaries of the lecturers. The policy of “No Work No Pay” is a Fascist one; it’s, therefore, condemnable and non-acceptable to all the millions of students in Nigeria.
“We will, by this statement, not beg again. We will be mobilizing all students to Shut Down the country (without excluding the Presidential villa). No Education, no movement.”
Watch the video of the protest below.
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