Friday, September 30, 2022

Protesting student blocks Lagos airport amid ASUU strike

The students who were blocked by security operatives from gaining access to the airport took over the road, preventing traffic flow both inward and outward from the facility.

The students’ planned mass action is in continuation of their protest against the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

The students who held banners bearing inscriptions such as: “No nation can develop without genuine commitment to education,” and “If you have money for election form, you can fund education” on Monday morning flood out to block the road leading to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, protesting against the ongoing strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The students who were blocked by security operatives from gaining access to the airport took over the road, preventing traffic flow both inward and outward from the facility.

The protesters were led by NANS National Taskforce Chairman, Olumide Ojo; Vice President, External Affairs, Akinteye Babatunde; Public Relations Officer, Giwa Yisa Temitope; Zone D Coordinator, Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji; Deputy Senate President, Ekundina Elvis; Ondo JCC Chairman, Omotosho Surprise; Lagos JCC Chairman, Olusesi Tolulope Samson; Ogun JCC Chairman, Kehinde Damilola Simeon and Oyo JCC Chairman, Adeleke Quadri Abidemi.

The students, in their hundreds, demanded an immediate end to the strike which has entered its seventh month, urging the Nigerian government to meet the demands of the striking lecturers to enable them to return to class.

They could be seen singing and dancing on the road, creating gridlock on the busy road.

In what appears to be an attempt to forestall the protest, SaharaReporters gathered that the students were earlier intimidated by armed police officers.

“We have taken over the road already despite the rainfall, they mobilised lots of security operatives to tame us but nothing shall shake us until our students resume back to class,” NANS Zone D coordinator, Adegboye report.

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