ASUU strike: Students to stage Independence Day protests

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Following the over 3-month old academic
strike undertaken by the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU), Nigerian students have decided to
embark on a protest.
The protest is slated to hold today, the 1st of
October, as the country marks its 53rd year of
Independence.
According to reports, the students are mobilizing to
protest the insensitivity of the government to the
plight of lecturers at various universities in the
country.
It was gathered from sources at the National
Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) that
students at various zones of the association would
demonstrate against continued closure of
universities throughout the country.
In Ibadan, Oyo State, the “Zone D” leaders of NANS
told reporters that it is prepared to demonstrate on
October 1st. The students said they would march
from the Mokola roundabout in Ibadan, starting from
8am.
Also in Lagos, the Joint Campus Committee of NANS
Lagos said the students are being mobilized to begin
their protest march from the NLC building in Yaba
area of Lagos.
The students insist that demands of their lecturers
are reasonable and must be met by the Nigerian
government.
University lecturers have been on strike since 1st of
July, 2013 over President Goodluck Jonathan’s
government’s failure to honor the agreements
signed with them since 2009.
The university teachers had vowed that their strike
will continue indefinitely will continue until the
government honor 2009 agreements to revitalize
the public education.

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