The indefinite strike of four government owned tertiary institutions in Edo State has provoked the students as they took to the streets to the extents that Vehicular movement on the Benin-Ore Road was paralysed for some hours.
The students, who carried placards with various inscriptions, barricaded the two dual carriage roads with used tyres, benches and plastic chairs, leaving motorists stranded for hours.
They also attempted to storm the state Ministry of Education in Iyaro before they were dispersed by security operatives.
“We are tired of staying at home and can’t go on like this. we want to be educated and make our inputes into the system” they cried!
One of the students and the Deputy Coordinator of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Ekhutu Richard, lamented that some of the students’ chances of graduating has been affected by the strike.
The Students Union President of the College of Education Igueben, Martins Uwaifo, gave the striking staff and the state government three days to resolve the issues failure of which the students would continue with the protest.
He said: “We came outside to tell the people that we are not happy. We would have finished our exams if not for the strike.”
The Commissioner for Higher Education, Barrister Washington Usifo, could not be reached for comments.
” It is indeed a disturbing that some of us whose parents were not so educated are taking us as being rusticated. we are tired and this is not the best way to be educated. We cannot continue to bear all these brunt of whoever and for whatever reasons; we simply want to get what we have spent years in pursuits of.” The students lamented.