Polytechnics and College of Education students continued their protest against the ongoing strike by Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) on Monday at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos.
Led by National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Zone D Coordinator, Comrade Sunday Asefon said the reason for holding the protest was to identify with the spirit of the late human rights activist and lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, who, according to him, was an untiring advocate of the rights of the common man. His words: ?Gani is a symbol of struggle in this country, so we identify with him by coming here. He fought so many battles in his lifetime to ensure that the commoners have a say. Here is just a meeting point; we will hold the Lagos State Government and Federal Government to ransom until our demands are met.?
Asefon said the main reason the students movement took action was to make the Federal Government know that students who have spent over eight months at home are tired and want to go back to classes.
He however implored the Federal Government to implement the agreements with ASUP and COEASU in the interest of the students, ?rather than spending bogus amounts on a National Conference where the majority sleep over serious issues.?
The student leader also called on the Lagos State Government to reverse the tuition fees of the Lagos State University (LASU), which the charges as it is, he argued, are against the principles and ideas of the founding fathers of the institution.
?LASU is a public university; the high tuition fee is against the principles that brought the public school into existence. It negates the ideas of the founding fathers. The Lagos State Government should immediately reverse the fee hike,? he stated.
The students called on Governor Babatunde Fashola to reverse the fees to the minimum, and urged the Federal Government to honour the 2010 agreement entered into with COEASU and ASUP.
They also demanded the conversion of Higher National Diploma (HND), to Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech, 26 per cent budgetary allocation to education as recommended by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the removal of Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike.