8th December, 2010
Protesting students of the Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo, Lagos, South WestÂ Nigeria, this morning continued their demonstration against the continued closure ofÂ their school by blocking the ever-busy Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
The students, numbering about 200, carried placards denouncing the state governmentÂ for failing to meet their striking lecturersâ€™ demand.
They also vowed to mobilise other students to stall Governor Babatunde Fasholaâ€™s bidÂ for a second term in office.
Some of the placards carried by the students read: â€œLASU must resume,â€ â€œEnough isÂ Enough,â€ â€œFashola, hear our cryâ€ and â€œFashola, implement FG-ASUU agreement.â€
The protesters blocked both sides of the expressway and kept traffic at a standstillÂ for one and half hour. They threatened to make Lagos ungovernable for the governorÂ for refusing to meet their lecturersâ€™ demand.
There was a heavy traffic gridlock along the busy expressway as a result of theÂ blockade. Motorists groan as traffic came to a standstill.
A team of policemen who came to the scene told the students to leave the road butÂ they refused, saying they were fighting a just cause.
The police later left the students to continue the protest.
LASU lecturers and others in various tertiary institutions in Lagos State embarkedÂ on strike 77 days ago to force the state government to honour the FG-ASUU agreementÂ as regards improved salary and welfare of varsity teachers.
Public Relations Officer, Students Union , LASU, Mr. Seriki Agboola, told P.M.NEWS that the students would continue to block the expressway until their school isÂ reopened.
â€œIf Fashola did not re-open the school by meeting ASUUâ€™s demand, we will mobilizeÂ students not to register for the forthcoming voter registration exercise and workÂ against his second term bid.
â€œWe call on Lagosians to come to our aid because Fashola said he cannot fundÂ education. We will make Lagos ungovernable for Fashola if LASU did not resume,â€ heÂ warned.
According to him, students are resolute to pursue the cause of re-opening theÂ varsity to logical conclusion using every means to achieve it. â€œWe are tired ofÂ staying at home,â€ he added.