You may have been reading about Nigerian market women orchestrating a protest against striking university dons or students of the National Association of Nigerian students blocking the Niger Bridge to force ASUU call off the four month old strike.
Now, university teachers, grouped under The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), have themselves embarked on a road show to sensitise opinion leaders on the rationale for their strike.
On Monday, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Chapter, in Ile-Ife staged a peaceful protest to decry what it called government’s inaction over the ongoing strike.
The chapter’s Chairman, Prof. Peter Akinola, who led the protest, appealed to the Federal Government to accede to ASUU’s demands to enable the union suspend the industrial action.
Addressing residents at Ooni Okunade Sijuwade’s palace, Akinola said the education sector deserved a better deal.
Also speaking, a member of the union, Prof. Gbolahan Babalola, said the education of Nigerian children was a more critical agenda.
Babalola said the protest was to show the concern of ASUU for undergraduates who had stayed at home for months,.
He called on traditional rulers and other stakeholders to intervene to resolve the impasse.
The Sarun Oodua, Chief Adekola Adeyeye, who represented Sijuwade, commended ASUU over its peaceful conduct and show of concern for students.
Adeyeye said that the Ooni understood that education was the best legacy that any parent or government could bequeath to any Nigerian child.
He gave an assurance that the union’s message would be relayed to the traditional ruler.