ECONOMIC activities were grounded in Benin City Tuesday for over one
hour, when coalition of civil society organizations and students,
protested against the attitude of the Federal Government inthe current
strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of
The placard-carrying groups, including Concerned Nigerian Students,
Coalition of Edo Youths Organisation, Edo Youth Congress, Edo State
Students, Comrade Across the Nation, South-South Youth League and Edo
Youth for Good Government, described the Federal Government's seeming
refusal to meet the demands of ASUU as wicked, just as they backed
ASUU for sticking to their guns in their demand.
The protesters who brandished placards, some of which read, "We are
Nigerian Undergraduates Unemployed," "Education is a Right," "Federal
Government Answer ASUU," said the present impasse in FG/ASUU talk
breakdown should be blamed on the former.
Former ASUU chairman, University of Benin chapter, Dr Kashetu
Ilavbare, who was sighted around the protesters, said the presence of
some of the ASUU members was to guide the protesters, so that they do
not take the laws into their hands.