By Adeboye Ado
Students of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), on Friday staged a peaceful protest over the prolonged strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The students stormed the major highway at the main entrance of the Institution, chanting different solidarity songs and clutching placards with various inscriptions such as— “Revitalize our Education” “End ASUU Strike” “Save our future”.
Speaking during the protest, President of the Students' Union Government, Kolade Ogunsanmi, bemoaned the continued strike action saying it was staged to register the displeasure of the students.
He lamented that the incessant closure of public universities had retarded the growth of the education sector, urging the both ASUU and Federal Government to come to terms.
“It is an undeniable fact that our University had been shut just because the FG failed to honour the 2009 agreement it made it ASUU”
“We Nigerian students, Adekunle Ajasin University students are on the street of Akungba to express our displeasure to the Federal Government and in no distant time the government should answer ASUU so that our Universities can reopen”
Reacting to the 12 weeks extension, the Vice President of the Students' Union, Kemisola Salami said: “our education is being truncated, we are tired of sitting at home with no job, we are using this medium to plead with Federal Government to meet with ASUU and the strike”
“We want to learn, Nigeria's tommorrow is our hands, we are being deprived of our right so we want an end to strike”, she said.
However, a 300l law student, Seyifunmi Francis Adeosun, appealed to the state Governors to intervene because the issue was beyond the Federal Government.