Protesting OAU Students
Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Osun State, have, on Thursday, blocked the Ife-Ibadan express road to protest the school closure resulting from the ongoing strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Protests against the ongoing ASUU strike by students in several universities of Nigeria have started gaining momentum after the union announced that it has extended its ongoing strike by three (3) months.The union had shut down activities in Nigerian public universities in February 2022 and by May, the strike was planned to be called off as they hoped the Federal Government would have met their demands.
However, according to the ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the FG are yet to meet their demands and the union has been forced to extend the strike action by three months.
Unhappy with the decision, Nigerian students took to the streets to protest against the Federal Government for not meeting ASUU’s demands. Several protests have been held across the country with students blocking roads to gain the attention of the Federal Government.
On Wednesday May 11, some Ogun students blocked vehicular movements on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway to protest the strike. One of the common inscription seen on the placards they hold is “End ASUU Strike now”.
Protesting OAU Students
In less than 24hours after the Lagos-Abeokuta road was protesting students, the Ife-Ibadan road was blocked by protesting OAU students. The students who converged at their campus gate this morning marched down to the major highway which connects commuters traveling from Ife to Ibadan and vice versa.
It was gathered that the students, who converged under the aegis of Fund Education coalition, vowed to continue the protests from today till their demands would be met by the Federal Government.
The students held placards bearing various inscriptions like “Fund Education Now”, “Education is not a Scam” among others, as they chanted “End ASUU Strike”. They equally seemed to be proceeding towards a major roundabout, the popular OUI roundabout at Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu.
The students were joined by some concerned members of the public.
Meanwhile the Nigeria’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige have called for a meeting between the government, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as well as all other registered Trade Unions in Nigerian universities on Thursday (today).
The meeting which will be chaired by the Chief of Staff was called to intervene in the ongoing strike action the university unions.