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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

ASUU/ASUP Strikes, Demostrating Students Storms Lagos Roads!

More than 500 students of polytechnics, universities, and even secondary school leavers, yesterday, protested on the streets of Lagos under a group called The Concerned Citizens Against Education Commercialization, COSATEC.
The peaceful protest is to demostrate displesure of Federal Government’s non-caring  attitude towards the education sector especially in Lagos State.As it is know of a very long strike in Lagos State.

The placard-carrying students barricaded Ikorodu Road at Onipanu area bemoaning their fate as they have been compelled to, yet again, sit at home due to the strike embarked upon by the lecturers.

The protest, however, brought traffic on the ever busy road to a halt as the students danced and played football on the highway.

Comrade Owolade Oluwasijibomi, the Student Union President, Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, said: “We just want to tell the Federal Government that enough is enough. We are tired of them playing with our future. We kept quiet about this for a while because we considered the fact that apart from the Federal Ministry of Education, there are other sectors involved.

However, over 70 days have passed and the situation has not changed. They have taken our gentility for stupidity. And we want to let them know that until they meet the demands of our lecturers, we will continue to constitute a nuisance.”

Chairman of COSATEC, Comrade Usman Oloyede, on his part said:

We are here to throw our weight behind the striking unions in the education sector, and advocate proper funding of the sector, democratic control as well as a conducive learning environment for Nigerian students.

“More protests should be expected. It is going to be a protracted struggle because those involved are ideologically mature. We are even calling on unemployed youths to join us. I do not mince words when I say almost everyone in this country is a victim of this our corrupt political system.

The only people who are exempted are the children of these our leaders. Anytime we complain, they keep on giving us seven point agenda as if we are fools.
Chairman of the Education Rights Campaign, ERC, who joined forces with COSATEC said:

It is another movement by students to insist that the government act speedily and end these strikes. The polytechnic students have been at home since April 29.

A few weeks ago, we heard that the Senate had intervened and that we should expect good news by today. But the situation is still the same.

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