Car driver stranded as students block Lagos-Ibadan Expressway due to ASUU strike.
Car drivers and other commuters stranded as students, under the auspices of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) blocked the Lagos-Ibadan highway, Shagamu intersection to protest the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Students gathered at the Sagamu intersection as early as 9 a.m. on September 13, 2022, blocking both sides of the highway, obstructing traffic both in and out of Lagos. Recall that as of February 14, 2022, there is no academic activity in the country’s public universities due to the ongoing ASUU strike. Coalition calls for release of university recovery funds, renegotiation of 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of acquired allowances for university professors, and implementation of University Transparency and Accountability Solution university (UTAS).
The government claims to have met most of the union’s requirements, including issuing an N50b to pay earned allowances to academic and non-academic and non-academic staff of universities. , but said the union would not be paying debts from the strike period. ASUU is also adamant not to postpone the extended strike until the debts are written off. In a statement issued to the press at the protest site, signed by the South West Regional Coordinator and National Public Relations Officer of NANS, Adegboye Emmanuel and Giwa Temitope, the students, respectively, said: know the federal government, headed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari. (retired) broke his promise to reform education.
“There is no point in discussing who is at fault or what needs to be done, it is clear that the leaders are funding low education and the Buhari government is not delivering on its promises of reform. his education”. in Nigeria is world class! However, our so-called civil servants travel all over the world and spend billions of dong to send their children to study abroad.
“As big players in education, it is we who can save ourselves. We tracked the aspirations of students from one school to another through their social media platforms and also in their public posts. Students across Nigeria stand in solidarity with ASUU. Our instructors suffered the hardships and bad development we had to endure. Staff housing is as bad as student dormitories. In South Africa, a professor’s lab is more equipped than any university in Nigeria. “History has been killed and ruined so we young people don’t know where we’ve come from let alone where we’re going. But we will no longer mourn.
“The new leadership of NANS is here to work with students to achieve our goals and objectives. We believe the student movement has its place in history. It’s a mission we’re committed to accomplishing. We will never let Nigerian students down! The statement speaks for itself in part.
Together with ASUU, they made their request as follows: “We call on ASUU leadership to hold a meeting as soon as possible to discuss solidarity actions and plan for the next phase of the campaign. struggle.
“We passed a vote of no confidence in the Ministers of Labor and Education; We call for adequate funding for the education sector compared with what has been achieved in the past seven years; We call on the government of Buhari to pay all debts and salaries for teachers. The “No Work Without Pay” policy is fascism, therefore, it is condemnable and unacceptable to all the millions of students in Nigeria. »
The students have vowed to campaign to close the presidential mansion if their demands are not met.