Angry UNIBEN students protest against ASUU strike

Angry UNIBEN students protest against ASUU strike

Stakeholders and student organizations have denounced the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUUproclamation )’s of a four-week warning strike, with students at the University of Benin staging the most recent peaceful demonstration to express their discontent.

On Wednesday, February 16, a large group of students blocked the Benin-Ore-Sagamu motorway to protest the continuing strike. They were stationed outside the university’s Ugbowo campus, screaming slogans and solidarity songs such as “aluta continua…” and “education is our right,” among others.

They were seen holding banners with varied inscriptions, expressing their dissatisfaction with the constant strike actions taken by university professors, and urging both the federal government and ASUU to settle their differences.

Foster Amadin, the president of UNIBEN SUG, addressed on behalf of the protesting students, saying that they are weary of the continual conflict between university employees and the federal government, and that they do not want to spend any more time in school. He went on to say that they are forced to spend 5 to 6 years studying for a 4-year education, and that this is becoming the norm as a result of the ongoing strike action.

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