Economic activities were grounded in Benin City Tuesday for over one hour, when coalition of civil society organizations and students, protested against the attitude of the Federal Government in the current strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The placard-carrying groups, including Concerned Nigerian Students, Coalition of Edo Youths Organisation, Edo Youth Congress, Edo State Students, Comrade Across the Nation, South-South Youth League and Edo Youth for Good Government, described the Federal Government’s seeming refusal to meet the demands of ASUU as wicked, just as they backed ASUU for sticking to their guns in their demand.
The protesters who brandished placards, some of which read, “We are Nigerian Undergraduates Unemployed,” “Education is a Right,” “Federal Government Answer ASUU,” said the present impasse in FG/ASUU talk breakdown should be blamed on the former.
Former ASUU chairman, University of Benin chapter, Dr Kashetu Ilavbare, who was sighted around the protesters, said the presence of some of the ASUU members was to guide the protesters, so that they do not take the laws into their hands.
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