Students in Imo and Oyo states Friday protested the continued strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The students blocked major roads in the states, leading to traffic gridlocks for several hours.
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In Imo, the students under their umbrella Union – the National Association of Imo State Students (NAIS) vowed to shut the major roads in the state if ASUU and the Federal Government did not resolve their differences in the next seven days.
The students carried placards with inscriptions conveying their anger, accused the FG and ASUU of working against the interest of Nigerian students.
NAIS Senate president, Alfred Jacinta, accused the FG of playing politics when their future is under serious jeopardy.
In Oyo State, students of the University of Ibadan blocked major roads leading to the main town of Ibadan from Ilorin-Ibadan expressway, and chanting “End ASUU strike now”.
Daily Trust Saturday observed that security operatives were on ground to forestall the breakdown of law and order.
A 200-level student of the University of Ibadan, Solomon Emiola, who led the protest, said the protest was necessary because the students were tired of staying at home.
“Our leaders have continued to politic with our future. Our goal is to shut down the whole of Ibadan until our demand is met,” said the student.
He further explained that the protest would continue daily until the government listened to students’ yearnings.
Speaking with reporters, Emelieze Andrew, a former chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), said the protest was organized to awaken the spirit of students whose rights are trampled upon by the government.
Andrew said the lingering ASUU strike was due to the negligence and failure of leadership.