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Students Protesting Over ASUU/ASUP Strikes Cause Traffic Gridlock In Lagos

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At least 500 students of polytechnics, universities, and even secondary school leavers, under the aegis of the Concerned Citizens Against Education Commercialization, COSATEC, yesterday took to the streets to protest against the Federal Government’s lackadaisical attitude towards ending the incessant strikes in the education sector.

The placard-carrying students barricaded Ikorodu Road at Onipanu area and halted their protest at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota.

The protest brought untold hardship to commuters as a traffic gridlock ensued on the ever busy road when the students danced and played football on the highway during the protest.

Student Union President, Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, Comrade Owolade Oluwasijibomi, told Vanguard, “We just want to tell the Federal Government that enough is enough. We are tired of them playing with our future. We kept quiet about this for a while because we considered the fact that apart from the Federal Ministry of Education, there are other sectors involved.

“However, over 70 days have passed and the situation has not changed. They have taken our gentility for stupidity. And we want to let them know that until they meet the demands of our lecturers, we will continue to constitute a nuisance.”

The Speaker of the Yaba College of Technology Students Legislative Council, Titilayo Arikawe, who spoke with Punch said the President Goodluck Jonathan administration had been insensitive and partial in dealing with the problems in the educational sector.

“We (Polytechnics) have been on strike for three months, while Academic Staff Union of Universities began their strike about two weeks ago. They have started talking on resolving their crisis at the National Assembly, neglecting the polytechnic students. Are polytechnic students not students?”

On his part, Chairman of COSATEC, Comrade Usman Oloyede, said, “We are here to throw our weight behind the striking unions in the education sector, and advocate proper funding of the sector, democratic control as well as a conducive learning environment for Nigerian students.

“More protests should be expected. It is going to be a protracted struggle because those involved are ideologically mature. We are even calling on unemployed youths to join us. I do not mince words when I say almost everyone in this country is a victim of this our corrupt political system.

“The only people who are exempted are the children of these our leaders. Anytime we complain, they keep on giving us seven point agenda as if we are fools.”

Also joining forces with COSATEC was Chairman of the Education Rights Campaign, ERC. He said, “It is another movement by students to insist that the government act speedily and end these strikes. The polytechnic students have been at home since April 29.

“A few weeks ago, we heard that the Senate had intervened and that we should expect good news by today. But the situation is still the same.”

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  1. Ezemmaduekwe kelechi emmanuel

    July 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I support polytechnic student for their protesting and also said that strike will not end until federal government grant the demand. So student carry go i support.

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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