2 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this was in continuation of the association’s nationwide protest on major highways against the lingering face-off between the Federal Government and their lecturers.
5 NAN, also reports that the blockage, which started at about 12.30 p.
6 m, left many motorists plying the road stranded with their passengers.
7 All entreaties to the aggrieved students by motorists and commuters, especially those going for one ceremony or the other did not yield any result as they refused bluntly to open the road.
8 Even, the presence of the security personnel, especially the police, Federal Road Safety Corps, could not help matter as the students insisted that they would not leave the road until their demands were met by the Federal Government.
9 The protesting students, armed with placards of various inscriptions, were chanting solidarity songs, saying that they were tired of staying at home and demanded an end to the strike.
10 One of their banners at the scene of protest.
11 Some of the protesting students chanting solidarity songs on highway.
13 Adegboyega said that the students would not relent until they go back to school.
14 He said: “We insist that government must fund education and not look down on children of the masses, because their own children are schooling abroad.
15 “We will continue to occupy the major roads live and better still, we will go to Abuja and ensure that we make our voices heard.
16 But, we will not stop until ASUU strike is called off.
18 According to Adeleke, Fasola described our protest as illegal, but he didn’t see non payment of lecturers’ salaries as illegal.
19 “We are not moved by whatever name our protest is tagged, all we want is to return back to the classrooms.
20 “We are live now at Gbongan Expressway.
21 Let them answer us and not tag our being on the highways as illegal, because we will not stop until we can go back to schools.
22 However, the NANS leadership later agreed to open the highway at exactly 3.00 p.
m, after pleadings from the stranded motorists and commuters.