University Students protesting ASUU strike mount Roadblocks, block expressway
As more outrage continued to greet the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), students of the University of Benin on Wednesday took to the ever-busy Benin-Ore highway to register their displeasure.
The students barricaded the road in protest, chanting war songs with placards of various inscriptions and grounding vehicular movements today.
ASUU had on Monday announced a four-week warning strike to force the Federal Government to implement its renegotiated 2009 agreement.
But in utter disgust at the strike action, the Uniben students thronged the entrance of the Ugbowo campus of the university on Wednesday, chanting various slogans and solidarity songs.
The students expressed their frustration over the incessant strike of university teachers, urging the Federal Government to heed ASUU demands.
Some of them turned the highway into a football field while the students’ leaders shared bottles of water, soft drink, pies and doughnuts to the demonstrators for refreshment.
In his address during the protest, the President of the Students Union in the institution, Foster Amadin, said they had been frustrated by the perennial strikes by the academic union.
“Since two days now, we have been to our classes and there have not been any lecturers to teach us. So we have nothing to do.
“We asked what was happening and they told us ASUU is on strike again; that they are on a one-month warning strike. So we now felt that we should come to the street to say we are tired.
“We hereby express our grievances to the Federal Government, to the state government and whoever cares to listen and. We say we are tired. We want to graduate. For a programme that is supposed to run for four years, we are spending five years and even more. We don’t want it anymore.
“Let the Federal Government see to the demands of ASUU and let ASUU also consider the Federal Government’s position. All we want is to go back to our classes. I want to graduate, I want to leave the school. I am tired and that is our grievance,” he said.