Students shut Federal Secretariat in Ibadan to protest against lecturers strike

Segun Showunmi in Ibadan

Students protesting against the ongoing strike, embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday shut down the Federal Secretariat, located in Ikolaba area of Ibadan, Oyo State Capital

Penpushing reports that the students carried placards with various inscriptions such as “Education is Right, not a Privilege”, “I sha want to graduate sha”, “We are tired of staying at Home”, and Education is a Right, it should be free for all” among others

The protesters who converge around 8am in front of University of Ibadan (UI) proceeded to the Secretariat, paralyzing activities within the area, ensuring all roads leading to the Secretariat blocked as motorists were forced to take alternative routes.

Penpushing further reports that the Students Union Government (SUG) President of University of Ibadan(UI), Adewole Adeyinka while speaking during the protest stated that over 40,000 students of the institution were forced to stayed at home due to the industrial action.

The Student Union President said, ‘students are in total support of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) because they are the one fighting for their right that is why University education should be revitalized ‘.

Penpushing also reports that, the students leader, however, declared that  students would continued to occupy the Secretariat and turned it  into classrooms and playing ground if Federal Government failed to  meet their demands.

The protesters posited that there should be a way in which Nigerian educational system should not be in shamble, not only during strike, but Nigerian Government should be listening to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)

Penpushing reports that the Special Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Students Affairs, Comrade Victor Olojede said the peaceful protest started last week with various students groups to show their displeasure to the Nigerian Government, over failure to meet the demand of their lecturers

The Governor’s aide however appealed to the Nigeria Government to listen to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) before the industrial action get out of hands, adding that Oyo State government is also working to ensure that the prolong strike come to an end.

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