Vehicular movement halted for close to three hours in some parts of Ibadan, Oyo State on Thursday as students of the University of Ibadan protested against the “poor handling of education” by the Federal Government. The students, who carried a coffin
signifying “the death of education in
the country,” converged on the main
gate of the university around 7.30am.
They were led by their union officials
as they chanted anti-government songs from Agbowo to Samonda,
Sango and Mokola areas of the city.
They called for the resignation of the
Minister of Education, Rukayat Rufai,
and displayed placards with
inscriptions such as ‘Nigeria: Giant or dwarf of Africa?’, ‘Adieu to education
in Nigeria’, ‘ASUU don’t betray this
struggle with earned allowances’,
‘Education is dead in Nigeria,’ among
others.
Security agencies, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Sango, Mrs.
Olufunmilayo Akinfenwa, monitored
the procession.
The students took turns to express
their displeasure with poor handling
of education in the country and described the posture of President
Goodluck Jonathan to the sector as
disappointing.
The UI Students Union Government
President, Babatunde Badmus, who
backed the ongoing ASUU strike, called for prompt implementation of
the contentious Federal /ASUU
agreement.
A statement read by Badmus urged
the Federal Government to ensure that
the budgetary allocation to education was increased to 26 per cent in line
with UNESCO standard.
The statement read, “The UNESCO
recommends that minimum of 26 per
cent of the budgetary allocation in
developing countries be devoted to education. Instead, Nigeria
government scarcely allocates less
than 10 per cent of its budgets to
education. We want ASUU to prioritize
the revitalization of quality
education”.

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