Asuu Strike: Nigerian journalists, others protest closure of universities

The Education Writers’ Association of Nigeria (EWAN) on Monday mobilised other stakeholders in the country’s education sector to demand “immediate reopening of Nigerian universities.”

Other participants in the protest included a rights activist and former national secretary of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Jiti Ogunye; convener of Concerned the Parents and Educators (CPE) Network, Yinka Ogunde, and representatives of the National Parent-Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), among others.

The association, a body of journalists across print, broadcast and online media organisations who report education in the country, said the intervention came necessary “following the nonchalant attitude of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to the continued shutdown of universities for almost three months.”

During its season careful walk to the office of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, EWAN presented a list of demands contained in a letter addressed to Mr Buhari through the governor.

The letter was received on behalf of the governor by the special adviser on education, Tokunbo Wahab, while a lawmaker representing Ikeja 2 constituency, Ademola Kasumu, received another copy on behalf of the speaker of the state’s house of assembly, Mudasiru Obasa.

Speaking on behalf of the group, its chairman, Mojeed Alabi, said EWAN is worried by the “large-scale rot in the nation’s education sector.”

He said both the government and the striking universities’ workers have contributed significantly to the rot.

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