A coalition of youths and students drawn from different tertiary institutions have taken to the streets of some major towns in the country to protest the continued closure of public universities due to the strike action embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU.
In Benin-City, the protesting students tagging themselves ‘The University of Streets’, walked along the Ugbowo-Lagos expressway.
In Ibadan, protesters gathered in front of the University of Ibadan in their number with placards, calling for an end to the face-off between the Federal Government and ASUU, noting its effect on the students.
However in Lagos, attempts by some students to protest at the main gate of the University of Lagos, Akoka, was thwarted by security men who took over the place before the students arrived for the protest.
Reacting to the protests, the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students Sunday Asefon while calling on the government to stop playing politics with the striking union, said the students would not keep silent until their demands are met.
Earlier, I spoke to Ibrahim Ziki rullahi, Public Affairs Analyst on Nigeria’s education sector. I began by asking him his thoughts on Nigeria’s state of education and the problem of underfunding.