BREAKING: ASUU Strike: NANS block road leading to Lagos Airport [VIDEO]
NEWS DIGEST – Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students are currently occupying the road leading to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport as promised on Sunday to protest the 7-month ASUU strike.
“Nigerians should reschedule their flights because tomorrow will be grounded. No one will go out, no one will come in,” Olumide Ojo, NANS National Taskforce Chairman, told the Sunday Punch.
Despite the threat of the Lagos State Police Command that it would mobilise operatives against the students to stop any demonstration, students have taken control of the highway leading to the airport and stopped vehicular movement.
“We can secure ourselves against external forces. We are aware that the Federal Government is mobilising the military to the venue of our protest but that will not stop us from barricading the airport,” Ojo said.
Scores of Rapid Response Squad vehicles are already gathered at the venue, as have other policemen, but they have so far resisted measures to restrain the protesters, which are no more than 100 in number.
At the scene of the protest is heavy traffic as a result of the vehicles planted in between the road and access to the airport is made impossible by students dancing in circles, wielding placards in the process.
Before shutting down the airport this morning, NANS had previously occupied major roads such as the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and Gbongan.
In shutting down the airport, the association leadership had also dismissed the attempt of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila to forestall the demonstration when he called for a Tuesday audience with ASUU.
ASUU, which has been on strike since February 14 over allowances among many other cardinal issues, has publicly thrown its weight behind NANS demonstrations.
“It is their right. We hope the government will listen to them,” said Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, ASUU’s chairman.