Ondo poly students protest ASUP strike
Peter Dada , Akure
Hundreds of students of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo , Ondo State , disrupted activities on the campus of the institution on Thursday as they protested against their lecturers ’ decision to join the nationwide strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics.
The lecturers of the state – owned polytechnic, who just resumed from an industrial action a few weeks ago , again joined the ASUP strike on Monday .
The students kicked against the action of the lecturers , saying they ( lecturers ) were insensitive to their ( students ) academic career .
The protesters barricaded the school ’s main entrance , preventing vehicles from going in or moving out .
They were also armed with placards with inscriptions, such as, ‘If truly we are the leaders of tomorrow , why stampeding our future ’, ‘Ijawoye ( ASUP chairman ) , stop using us as instruments of negotiation .’
The President of the Student Union Government of the institution , Mr . Temitayo Aiyejuyo, said , “We believe the ASUP national strike does not concern us . Our lecturers just resumed from one. They should know that our future is at stake.”
However , the school ’ s ASUP Chairman , Mr . Rafiu Ijawoye , said the union must obey the directive from its national headquarters , urging the students to bear with them .