ASUU strike: Students to stage Independence Day protests

by ‘Jola Sotubo

Following the more than 3-month old academic strike undertaken by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and indications that same is not nearing its end, Nigerian students have decided to embark on a protest.

The protest is slated to hold today, the 1st of October, as the country marks its 53rd year of Independence.

According to reports, the students are mobilizing to protest the insensitivity of the government to the plight of lecturers at various universities in the country.

It was gathered from sources at the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) that students at various zones of the association would demonstrate against continued closure of universities throughout the country.

In Ibadan, Oyo State, the “Zone D” leaders of NANS told reporters that it is prepared to demonstrate on October 1st. The students said they would march from the Mokola roundabout in Ibadan, starting from 8am.

Also in Lagos, the Joint Campus Committee of NANS Lagos said the students are being mobilized to begin their protest march from the NLC building in Yaba area of Lagos.

The students insist that demands of their lecturers are reasonable and must be met by the Nigerian government.

University lecturers have been on strike since 1st of July, 2013 over President Goodluck Jonathan’s government’s failure to honor the agreements signed with them since 2009.

The university teachers had vowed that their strike will continue indefinitely will continue until the government honor 2009 agreements to revitalize the public education.

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