Undergraduates under the auspices of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have taken to the streets to protest the continued strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

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The students of various backgrounds occupied the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in a protest that has since resulted in gridlock.

The students, in their hundreds, demanded an immediate end to ASUU’s strike which is now in its seventh month.

They also called on the federal government to meet the demands of the striking lecturers to enable them to return to class.

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ASUU has been on strike since February 14 to press home the demand for improved funding for universities, and a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.

Several meetings between ASUU and the federal government have ended in deadlock.

In response, the federal government referred the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) for adjudication.

“It would be appreciated if this dispute is given an accelerated hearing in order to bring the dispute to an end,” Chris Ngige, the minister for labour and employment, told the court.

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For the student whose education has been brought to a standstill, the ongoing strike is the 16th of its kind in the last 23 years.



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