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Students demand education minister’s resignation

12 July 2013, 12:48 Samson Akor

The strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is beginning to take its toll on students who have been forced to stay away from classes as a result of the industrial dispute.

Early Thursday morning, students of the University of Ibadan in South West Nigeria took to the streets to protest the strike action, making it difficult for vehicles to move around in the area.

The strikers’ main problem is with the dederal government who they describe as not giving education attention it deserves.

For close to two hours, the students of the University of Ibadan grounded vehicular movements to a halt at the popular Mokola roundabout.

The students are also demanding the resignation of the Minister of Education, Professor Rukayat Rufai, who they blamed for not doing enough for them.
They carried placards with inscriptions that read “Nigeria: Giant or Dwarf of Africa”, “Adieu to education sector in Nigeria” and “Education is dead in Nigeria”.

Leading the protest, the president of the student union government (SUG), Babatunde Badmus, called on the government to honour the agreements signed with the academic union.

In a communique read during the protest, Badmus urged the government to ensure that the budgetary allocation to the education sector is increased to 26%.

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