Students Block Road Ife-Ibadan, ASUU Lists Ongoing Demands

Students protesting the ongoing strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday blocked the Ife-Ibadan road.

While the action lasted, motorists and commuters were stuck for hours.

The students gathered at the platform of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Zone ‘D’ South West.

The group’s zonal coordinator, Olatunji Adegboye, called for a law banning children of politicians from going to school abroad during the protest in Gbongan.

Adegboye said such a law would make the operation of public universities more efficient.

He also demanded proper funding for education while passing a vote of no confidence against Education Minister Adamu Adamu.

He said: “We are on our way because of the ongoing ASUU strike that started on February 14, it’s been seven months. We are tired of sitting at home, we want to move on.

“We demand good financing from the education sector. We are voting a no-confidence vote against the Education Minister (Adamu Adamu) because I don’t think he has any authority.

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“We want the legislature to pass a bill that would make it impossible for the children of politicians to travel abroad to study. They should be here and study with us in Nigeria.”

ASUU speaks

Meanwhile, ASUU chairman Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke said the union is ready to suspend the ongoing strike if the federal government is willing to accept its “minimum” demands.

Osodeke spoke on Thursday at a town hall meeting about tertiary education labeled “The Locked Gates of our Citadels – A National Emergency” in Abuja.

He said the federal government’s recent decision to take the union before the National Industrial Court would worsen the situation, adding that the union is ready to enter into talks with the government to end the strike.

He said: “On all these issues, we have given the government a minimum that we can accept, but they have not responded.

“We negotiated and agreed that they would sign. This is very simple and will not take more than a day.

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“About university transparency and accountability solution; and integrated personnel and payroll system, we say ‘release the report of the test you took, let’s look at the one that came first and do it as we agreed’.

“So we’ve given them the minimum we want and we have to come down and they can do it in one day if there’s a will.

“If the government loves this country, these children and their parents, they should come to the table and let us solve these problems in one day.”

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