From BAMIGBOLA GBOLAGUNTE, Osogbo
Students of the four tertiary institutions owned by the Osun State Government yesterday barricaded major roads in Osogbo, the state capital to protest the continuous closure of their institutions following the indefinite strike embarked upon by their lecturers.
The students, numbering about 100 converged on Olaiya Junction as early as 8.00am and marched to Gbongan Road chanting anti-government songs.
During the protest, commercial activities were disrupted in most parts of the town as both private and commercial vehicle drivers were forced to park their vehicles on the roads, while shops were also closed
The protesters, under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Students’ Joint Campus Committee (NANS/JCC), Osun State chapter, urged the state government to grant the requests of their striking lecturers in the interest of the future of the state.
However, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Maishanu, who led policemen to the scene of the protest called for calm among the students, urging them to allow peace to reign in the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Sunday Akere while reacting said the state government has been magnanimous to the demands of the academic staff of the Lecturers and the students with the increase in the annual bursary award.
He said the state government would continue to dialogue with the academic staff of the four tertiary institutions to ensure that they return to class rooms.
It would be recalled that the academic staff of the four tertiary institutions owned by the state government had since last month embarked on an indefinite strike.
The affected institutions are the state Polytechnic, Iree, College of Technology, Esa-Oke and the Colleges of Education in Ila-Orangun and Ilesa.