Students of tertiary institutions owned by Osun state government, On Monday, September 21, staged a massive protest in Osogbo against the lingering strike by their lecturers.
The prolonged strike by the lecturers of the institutions, as reported by The Punch, is as a result of unpaid salaries, inadequate staff and non-remittance of their pension deduction made by the state government.
Makor participating students in the protest were mostly from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke, Colleges of Education in Ila and Ilesa.
The students were reported to have started the protest from Olaiya and trekked to Abere, the state secretariat, singing anti-government songs arriving at about 11am at the main gate of the state secretariat where they prevented the deputy governor, Titi Laoye-Tomori,from gaining entry.
Some of the irate students laid on the ground in front of her car and some laid at the back making it difficult for the deputy to go inside or to turn back. Laoye-Tomori’s efforts to calm down the crowd failed as they held her hostage in their midst.
Some of the students had earlier attacked Lukman Adekitan, the permanent secretary in the ministry of education, by poking his stomach.
Meanwhile, Lukman Adekitan, the chairperson of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Osun state, said that the students were tired of staying at home due to the strike in some institutions.
Therefore, he called on Rauf Aregbesola, the governor of the state, to address the issues raised by the lecturers as soon as possible.