Students, Teachers, Human rights activists this morning held a rally in Lagos to draw attention to the poor state of education in Nigeria. The organizers of the protest said they were protesting against the poor infrastructure in public school, high school fees and government insensitivity to the plight of teachers at all levels of education. This is coming as the indefinite ASUU Strike 2013 has exceeded 40 days.
The protest which was peaceful started at the secretariat annex of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Yaba and was led by Comrade Abiodun Aremu of the Joint Action Front (JAF), groups of students and civil rights groups.
Traffic alond Ikorodu road was disrupted, Motorists and Commuters spent long hours on the road. Comrade Abiodun in a speech rally held at palmgroove described the march as the beginning of series of protests lined up to make the government at all levels change their attitude to education.
This is just the beginning of a number of protests that we have lined up in the coming days. We are going to be peaceful in all the protests. As you can see today, there are no street urchins or ‘area boys.’ The aim is to draw government attention to the numerous problems bedevilling education in the country. We need the support of everybody. If we don’t do this, nobody is going to do it for us,” he stated.
He also called on parents, traders, artisans and others to join the protest and force government to do something about the poor state of education in the country.
“Education is not only for the rich, Nigerians should wake up and reclaim what belongs to them. We, members of ASUP, have resolved to join the protest to salvage the education sector. We want to identify with the spirit of peaceful protest, which is a veritable tool to fight a just cause,” he said.