STUDENTS, under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South-West Zone, during a protest on Tuesday afternoon, blocked the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Shagamu Interchange.
The protest is in reaction to the prolonged strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which began on February 14, 2022.
Coordinator, South-West Zone and National Public Relations Officer of NANS, Adegboye Emmanuel and Giwa Temitope, respectively, in a statement issued on the protest ground, said the federal government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari was failing in its promises to revamp education.
The coordinator said: “There is no point arguing about who is at fault or what is to be done. It is very clear that the rulers underfund education and the Buhari government is failing in its promises to revamp education.
“As it is today, no higher institution in Nigeria is world-class! Yet, our so-called public servants travel all over the world spending billions to send their kids abroad for studies.
“As major stakeholders in the educational sector, we are the ones who can save ourselves. We have monitored the yearnings of students from campus to campus through their social media platforms and also in their public writings.”
Passing a vote of no confidence on both Ministers of Labour and Education, and standing with ASUU, the students noted that part of their demands is to hold a meeting with ASUU leadership as soon as possible, to discuss solidarity actions and plan for the next phase of the struggles;
The students have vowed to mobilise to down the Presidential Villa if their demands concerning the ASUU strike and revamping education in the country are not met.