Rampaging students block Governor’s House for four hours
After four hours of blocking the main entrance into Cross River State Government House, where Governor Benedict Ayade’s office is situated, members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) finally departed the scene at about five 5pm.
Numbering well over 200 students from University of Cross River State, University of Calabar and other tertiary institutions in the state, the students had joined their counterparts in other parts of the country to appeal to the federal government to attend to the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which had since embarked on a nationwide strike, thereby shutting down many varsities in the country.
They had held a peaceful protest and walked from the main gate of UNICAL through major streets and culminated at the gate of the government house in Calabar.
They bore placards some with inscriptions such as “end strike now”, “put your children in public schools”, “fix our state library.”
Speaking during the protest, the leader of the group, Mr Anthony Efa, said it was unfortunate that they found themselves in a nation that does not value education.
Efa said it was unfair for a student to be admitted into a University for a four year course but ends up spending six years due to constant industrial actions.
“We have come to say enough is enough, what we want is for the strike to end so we can return to class and end when we should end,” he said.
He called on Gov Ayade to pay the bursary of the students of Cross River origin in tertiary institutions.
He lamented the dilapidated state of the state library, saying it was a big shame to the governor and his deputy, both university professors and the deputy, a one-time Vice Chancellor of UNICAL.
“Our state library has been in ruins for many years now and the governor was doing nothing about it even though he and his deputy are Professors.
“It is sad that the state library is in shambles and the students can’t get their bursary.
“We will remain here at the gate of the governor’s office today until either the governor or his deputy comes out to address us,” he said.