Despite the heavy presence of security men at the premises of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) following the students’ plan to protest the lingering industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Tuesday, the students have insisted that they will proceed with their demonstration regardless of the development.
ASUU has been on strike since June 1, 2013 following the inability of the Nigerian Government to honor the agreement it signed with the union in 2009.
The UNILAG students are also agitating for the reinstatement of their Student Union Government (SUG) as well as the reversal on the hike in tuition at the Lagos State University (LASU).
Coordinator of the Lagos State chapter, Joint Campus Committee of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Yaqub Eleto, said the body has a responsibility to ensure welfare of all students.
“For many years now, UNILAG has been without a Students Union and LASU school fees is too high. This is a developing country and we should be encouraging students to go to school rather than hike their fees,” Eleto said, insisting that students would not give in for any kind of threat.
“ASUU strike is into its third month now, and we cannot keep watching things as they are,” the student leader said further.
“We are going ahead”, insisted the student.