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Students of the Federal Polytechnic Ede, Osun State, barricaded all entrances to the school on Wednesday, protesting the ‘sit down’ strike embarked upon by the institution’s Academic Staff Union.
According to the protesting students, since the school opened for the first semester of 2019/2020 academic session, their lecturers had not been attending classes because of the conflict between the management and members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics.
NewsWireNGR gathered that the students, who locked the school entrance and exits points, brought a disc jockey to the main entrance to the campus, who entertained them, as they prevented staff and visitors from accessing their duty posts.
Some of the protesters, carried placards with inscriptions calling for the sack of the Rector, some cooked food, while others played table tennis.
Speaking to journalists, the president of the Students’ Union of the Polytechnic, Adekunle Ajibade, said the students approached the management when they observed that their lecturers were not attending classes, but no concrete action was taken.
He said, “We resumed on October 14, 2020. Despite that we have paid our school fees, we have been sent out of class. Lecturers have not been coming to our classes. We are tired and we are here to say enough is enough.”
The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr Sola Lawal, when contacted, called for calm and assured that the cause of the crises would be addressed.
Meanwhile, the management of the polytechnic in a memo signed by the Registrar, Alhaji T.I Agboola, had directed students to vacate the school premises and hostel immediately.
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