ASUU protests hit Ile-Ife, Calabar, Osogbo, Ibadan

From seminar halls and boardrooms where talks seem to have collapsed, university teachers have moved their battle for better education to the streets.
But, the police are stopping them from holding rallies and marches to convince the public that their four-month old action is right.
In Calabar, the police yesterday stopped a planned protest by lecturers of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) and the Cross River State University.
But the lecturers addressed a rally on the UNICAL campus.
University of Ibadan (UI) lecturers had a town hall meeting to sensitize the people to the strike.
In Ile-Ife, Osun State, Obafemi Awolowo University lecturers marched on the streets, getting to the palace of the Ooni of Ife. They urged him to prevail on the government to implement the 2009 agreement it signed with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), without which the strike would continue.
President Goodluck Jonathan said during last month’s Presidential Chat that the government cannot fully implement the agreement, especially the financial aspect, because doing so would force a shutdown of other departments.
The Nigeria Labour Congrees (NLC), also yesterday, said although it would not call out workers on a solidarity strike with the lecturers, it would hold a meeting in Kaduna tomorrow to take a stand on the way forward.

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