ASUU strike: Blockage on Ife-Ibadan highway as OAU students protest once more.

Students of Obafemi Awolowo University stun the Ife-Ibadan highway to protest on the ongoing nation wide Asuu strike.


The always active Ife-Ibadan highway was blocked again yesterday, as students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Osun state led other students in protest against the ongoing misunderstanding between Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which is the cause of the prolonging strike.

The protest resumed as early as 7am with students blocking the highway around Oduduwa University thereby creating gridlock in and out of Ile-Ife.

The blockage as at 12noon extended to Gbingan on the highway with motorists traveling towards, Ife-Ilesa-Akure held in the gridlock.

Chairman, Nigeria Association of University Students (NAUS), Eruobami Ayobami said the protest would be a daily routine untill the FG finds a common ground with the academic union towards funding university education appropriately.

The students created barricade on the highway using used tyres and human shield while some of their leaders addressed motorists and passersby.

Also, a source confirmed that hundreds of travellers  passing through Ife to other parts of the South-West, South-South and northern parts of the  country were forced to divert to other possible roads.

The students also located some of the adjoining  routes such as Ipetomodu and blocked them.

Meanwhile, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi has stressed the need for the warring factions to allow reputable traditional rulers mediate in the crisis in a bid to find resolution to it.

Oluwo in a statement issued by his media aide, Alli Ibrahim yesterday, stated that the recurring strike in the sector posed threat not only to the academic excellence but also to the economic and political strength of the nation.

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