Students Under the auspices of the Coalition of Northern Groups have staged a protest in Jalingo, Taraba State, over the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The angry protesters who converged on Jalingo from 19 Northern states, blocked the Jalingo Expressway, a situation that caused gridlock for motorists.
According to the protesters, the protest became necessary because they are fedoff tired of staying at home.
Emuseh Gimba, the National Secretary-General of the Coalition, while speaking to journalists, decried that the Nigerian government has failed to meet the demands of the striking lecturers.
“Federal Government refused to listen to ASUU. This is something we are supposed to be responsible for.“These same people in government have once been students.These people have enjoyed free education in the past. They are the same people that call themselves our parents. If they will not listen to the plea of our lecturers, why won’t they listen to the plea of the Nigerian students?
Recall that ASUU had embarked on strike since February for its demands, with the prominent ones being the renegotiation of the ASUU/FG 2009 agreement and the sustainability of the university autonomy by deploying UTAS to replace the government-imposed IPPIS.