Emerging report reaching Page 36 on Wednesday morning, indicates that the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, a body of Public University Students in the country, has said that its members will block the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport road, in Abuja, as well as the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, today, Wednesday, as part of their protest against the ongoing now indefinite strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and to force the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government to meet their (ASUU) demands.
Recall, that the Students had on Monday, blocked the access roads to both the Local and International Terminals of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, in Lagos, leaving air passengers and others stranded.
Recall also, that speaking on Tuesday, the Chairman, NANS National Task Force, ‘EndASUUstrike’, Olumide Ojo, said that the Students did not protest at the Apapa Port, in Lagos, as earlier scheduled for Tuesday, in order to allow them strategise and plan for an impactful protest on Wednesday.
He stated: “We decided to use today (Tuesday) to appraise our protest on Monday, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja. By tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, we will be grounding the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja, and Kaduna-Abuja Expressway.
“We will also be at Iwo Road, Ibadan, where we will hold a Press Conference. It will be a simultaneous action. On Thursday, our colleagues in the South-South and South-East will mobilise for a showdown too.”
The Coordinator of the South-West Zone D of NANS, Adegboye Olatunji, confirmed the Wednesday plan, saying: “Yes, there will be protests at the Abuja Airport on Wednesday.”
Also speaking, the National President, NANS, Usman Barambu, said that Nigerian Students have overstayed at home, stating that the government should open the Universities so that Students could go back to School.
A letter written by Barambu to some organs of the Association, indicated that the Students’ protest would last till October 11, 2022.
Reacting, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, said that Security Operatives have been deployed to Abuja Airport.
Her words: “All I can say is that we have Security Agencies at the Airport. Nobody will open his or her eyes and allow someone to put their hands in the eyes.”