A coalition of youths and students drawn from different tertiary institutions yesterday took to the streets of some major towns in the country to protest the continued closure of public universities due to strike by staff unions.
The people, who acted under the aegis of Fund Education Coalition, stormed the main gate of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, clutching placards with various inscriptions such as “End ASUU strike now,” Education is not a scam”, “We stand with ASUU Revitalisation Fund,” among others.
However, the attempt by some youths and students to protest at the main gate of the University of Lagos, Akoka, was thwarted by security men who took over the place before the students arrived for the protest.
One of the students, who gave his name as Michael Adebayo, said his colleagues decided on the protest because there appeared to be no end in sight to the strike.
The group had earlier circulated fliers indicating that members would protest in Oyo, Lagos, Edo and some other states.
When contacted, the Coordinator, South-West Zone of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Stephen Tegbe, said the coalition informed the student body about the plan to embark on the protest.