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OAU Students Protest Extended ASUU Strike In Ile-Ife



Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Thursday converged in front of the entrance gate of the University, to protest the extension of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) three-month strike .

The students who trooped out in their large numbers marched along the Ife-Ibadan express way, a development which reportedly caused gridlock and hindered the free flow of vehicular movement in the area.

CityMirrorNews reports that ASUU announced an extension of its three-months old strike by an another three months.

The students, who converged under the aegis of Fund Education coalition were seen chanting solidarity songs.

Armed with placards with various inscriptions such as “Fund Education Now”, “Education is not a Scam” among others, as they chanted “End ASUU Strike”, the protesting students vowed to continue the protest till their demands were met by the Federal Go0vernment.

They equally seemed to be proceeding towards a major roundabout, the popular OUI roundabout at Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu.

It was observed that the students were joined by some concerned members of the public.
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One of the protesting Students, Olugbade Majeed said they would continue to stage protests until governemnt signed the initial agreement it had with the ASUU.

Majeed said: We are protesting because the Government has failed the educational system in Nigeria. And they have not met the demands of ASUU which they had been signed since 2009.
We have been at home for three months.

“This particular Government has been showing nonchalant attitude towards education by engaging in Electoral Activities while students are at home idle. You will agree with me that an idle hand is the devil’s workshop.

“We don’t want to be turned to criminal elements, we don’t want to be turned to Yahoo Yahoo, we don’t want to be turned to prostitutes and that’s why we are agitating for our right.

“We are on the street to let our voices be heard because we can not continue to suffer in silence. Nothing has worked out under this governemnt. No security. We are all aware that nowhere is safe in this country. Yet, government does not seem it fit to respond positively to the challenges confronting the education sector in the country.

If there is proper education in Nigeria, there won’t be security threats as we’re having now, because proper and well educated persons will shy away from criminal activities,” he said.

As of the time of filling this report , Osun State Commissioner of police, Mr Wale Olokode was in the midst of the protesters to ensure that there was no break down of law and order.