The protesting students
The Ebonyi State University chapter of Students of State University under the auspices of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) staged a peaceful protest on Wednesday to demand an immediate end to the ongoing ASUU warning strike.
The students barricaded the Presco Campus section of the ever-busy Abakaliki-Enugu road, demanding immediate end to incessant strikes in Nigerian universities.
The students, led by the acting Deputy Coordinator of Zone F, Comrade Ewa Chukwumaijem, and the Joint Campus Committee (JCC) Chairman-elect in the state, Comrade Ituma Kelvin, carried placards with inscriptions such as “Age is irreversible, house rents are non-refundable”, “Stop disrupting our life plans, FG stop delaying our career”, “Stop toying with our future and that of our dear nation”, “We can’t continue to be bait for anybody”, among others.
On the protest, Comrade Ewa Chukwumaijem said that it was to register their displeasure over the incessant ASUU strikes in the nation’s universities.
He pointed out that the strikes had always been about the selfish interests of ASUU and never about the interest of the students.
He called on the Federal Government and ASUU to take immediate actions towards resolving the strike for the interest of the students.
His words: “This is a nationwide protest. It is being done in different states of the federation. We have decided to do our own today irrespective of insecurity in the state, but the protest is a peaceful one.
“The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, is on strike, on incessant strike.
“At the end of the strike, ASUU will sort out its differences with the federal government. Who will now sort out with the students? Nobody.
“The students will end up paying another house rent because we pay house rent per session. When you pay per session and the strike takes up the session, there is no how the landlord will allow you without paying again.”