by Stanley Azuakola
Protesters in Lagos who took to the streets yesterday in protest against the state of the nation’s public education sector, blocked and ‘occupied’ the busy Ikorodu Road at Ojuelegba, refusing entry to motorists for several minutes.
One of the motorists who was a victim of the road block was Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State and his convoy.
The governor was in Lagos as the placard-carrying demonstrators consisting of delegates from the Joint Action Front, JAF; Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU; Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP; Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU; National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS; South-West Zone, among others, used the protest to draw attention to the failing educational sector.
The protest kicked off at the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, house in Yaba.
When the convoy finally made its way through the crowd, a loud boo erupted from the crowd and insults were hurled at the occupants.
The protest terminated at Maryland Roundabout, with anxious commuters trapped in the traffic until the crowd was addressed and dismissed.
The JAF Secretary, Mr. Abiodun Aremu, said: “This is just the kick-off point. Our goal is to shut down the country, until government makes education a priority.”