by Isi Esene
Some students have put plan in motion to conduct a mass protest in Lagos and other cities in the country to highlight the woes facing education in the country.
Reports say the students plan to mount road-blocks in strategic parts of Lagos to register their anger over the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
According to the Joint Action Front (JAF), the civil society group spearheading the protest, it will kick off at the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) office at Yaba, Lagos at 8am on Tuesday and will also include zonal rallies in Kano, Ibadan, Owerri, Calabar and Abuja, among others.
According to JAF, the aim is to draw attention to the bleak future that awaits Nigerian children due to the neglect of public education “while children of top politicians and government officials are trained in private schools in Nigeria and abroad with funds looted from public coffers.”
According to the JAF secretary, Comrade Abiodun Aremu, the protest is not meant to molest anybody but to force government to pay attention to the universities lecturers’ demands.
“We have mobilised students concerning today’s protest; we also plan to make it nationwide,” he said.