The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) today occupied the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to protest the Federal Government’s failure to end the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
On Tuesday morning, the protesting students brandished sticks and placards to prevent motorists from plying the busy road, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded as the protesters paralysed traffic flow.
After some minutes of blockage, a team of armed policemen stormed the area and prevailed on the students to open up the road for motorists to move.
At exactly 1:00 pm, the protesters opened up the road and moved to another location to continue their agitation.
One of the protesters, who identified himself as Comrade Olusegun, the Global Deputy Senate President of NANS, told our correspondents that Nigerian students were tired of idling at home at the detriment of their academic pursuits.
He prompted the Federal Government to quickly resolve the issue with their lecturers and open their universities for academic activities.
Olusegun asserted that the strike has made most undergraduates go into the taxi business to make ends meet while their female colleagues have taken to prostitution.
He said, “We are here to let the federal government know we are tired of their deliberate attempts to tamper with our future. Most of our male students are now cab drivers. Most female students are now into prostitution. We are tired and it’s a deliberate attempt of the Federal Government. Most of our leaders never schooled in Nigeria, and those who did, had free education and food but it’s unfortunate that they are now depriving us of education.
“I see no reason why the federal government should appoint Minister of Education who never believed in education and Minister of Labour who doesn’t possess the requisite criteria. This is the reason why we are here to let the world know that we can’t continue to tolerate this strike,” he added.