Saturday, 3 October 2015

OAU Students Protest Poor Education State & Salary Debts (Pictures)

By David Adetula

Students of Obafemi Awolowo University once again demonstrated their consciousness of the poor state of education in Nigeria as they took to the streets of Ibadan in Oyo state to protest.

Hundreds of Ife students who came in Coaster buses led by the Students’ Union of the institution lamented at the current neglect the education sector has been subjected to. The students further claimed that there is no difference in the sector even as our leaders shout change. In the words of the Union president, Omotayo Akande a.k.a TY while addressing pressmen in the Oyo capital, the rot in the education system he said is eating deeper.

“Our education sector has been neglected and we are saying change is here. Recently, a part of our hostel collapsed and we are lucky there was no one there around that time. The hostels are old and are not maintained. The students pay for these things, yet no improvement.

“The Union at this junction uses this medium to demand an immediate abolition of fee on Nigerian campuses. If the government could unreasonably commit a huge part of our yearly budget towards servicing the pockets of greedy politicians, it must as a matter of priority divert such attention to committing reasonable budgetary allocation, at least 26% to the education sector.”

Also speaking in similar tone, the Adekunle Fajuyi hall chairman, Folorunso Sunday a.k.a Sunnepa said education is not fully funded and that has deprived common Nigerian of the dividend of government. He further pointed that education has a great role to play in economic development.

The protest which started from Iwo road saw the students trek down to Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) office where they were granted audience after serious resistance. The students later proceeded to the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) secretariat where they also dropped their press statement.

The students also used the same medium to protest the non-payment of workers’ salaries and pensioners’ arrears particularly in Osun and Oyo states. According to them, their parents who have not been paid for about five (5) months can no longer afford their school fees and funding for their upkeep.

See pictures of the protest below:

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