LASU strike: Students mount barricades

Dec 9, 2010

Business activities along Lagos-Badagry Expressway were yesterday,  crippled for over four hours as students of Lagos State University, LASU, mounted road blocks  to protest the continue  to closure of the institution due to the strike embarked upon by its academic and non-academic  staff.

The barricading  of the road began at 7:00am with over four lorries parked on  both sides  of the express way to restrict the movement of vehicles and commercial motorcycle operators

After the road block, the student danced on the road with various placards reading: “Fashola pay more attention to education”,  Fashola invest in education now”.

Commuters were seen stranded at various bus stops waiting for vehicles while others who were in a hurry to get to their various offices trekked.

Speaking through the Acting President of the Lagos State  Students Union, Miss Omotunde Olowoopejo,    the students said:  “We are mounting the road block  to  protest  the  on-going strike embarked upon by the Academic and Non academic staff of the institution.

“Today, we will block the road for four hours. We are using this medium to notify the general public that something is wrong in LASU. And that they can help the situation by appealing to the state Governor to yield to the demands of the striking workers.

“This is just a preamble for the state government. We cannot decide what the next line  of action will be until we hold our student congress.

“We are  concerned. We want to resume like our counterparts in other institutions.
If before the congress, the strike is not yet called off, I believe that the next action will be worst.” than this.”

“We have applied the legal means to seek for the attention of Governor Babatunde Fashola to put an end to the strike, by writing series of letter to his office in other to get his attention. We have attended many press conferences on the issue.

Recently we embarked on a protest match to Alausa secretariat to express our grievances to both members of the state house of Assembly and to plead to the Governor to help resolve the industrial action. All was to no avail,” the acting president said.

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