Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Obafemi Awolowo University Students Join The EndASUUstrike Protest, Prayed On The Road


Today makes it the 87th day since the beginning of ASUU strike and 2 days after the OAU Students’ Union media confrontation which ended on 9th May, 2022. This was supposed to get the government to wake up to reason and see the importance of education while the students bunch up to a protest if no response was given.

A peaceful protest began today at Obafemi Awolowo University where the student converged at the aegis of Fund Education coalition and moved towards the Ife-Ibadan expressway. They started in a group that looked like that of 100 with placards that read “EndASUUstrike” , “School is a right”, “Education no be scam”, “Fund education now” and other things we should not be fighting for but the government has made it so we struggle for everything. Consequently, the number of students increased over time as concerned individuals joined the strike as well.

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities also joined the protest including the Chairman of the OAU chapter, Dr. Adeola Egbedokun. He said to a Punch correspondent:

“These students have a choice to become hooligans, bandits, or all sort of negative things you can say, but they have chosen to be human beings, that is why they are here. Our universities are shut down because the schools are neglected in terms of facilities and infrastructural development…”

Muslim students were also seen observing their prayer on the express road while being surrounded by other students.

Not too long after the protest began, Policemen were seen at the venue of the protest militarising the location. This wasn’t received well by the students as they soon started to boo out the men of the Nigerian Police Force.

Amidst all of these protests going on nationwide is the news about the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria pleading with ASUU to end the strike. See the news here.

As with other universities, students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University will join the protest on Friday as declared by their Students’ Union President, Akorede Afeez.

Source: The Punch

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