Babatunde Fashola, minister of works and housing, tells university students that block traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway is illegal and they could be sanctioned for that.
This was stated by Fashola on Wednesday following the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja in a press conference.
The ASUU has been on strike since February 14 in protest of its demands, which include more financing for institutions and a review of professors’ pay among other things.SAv
Savid News has previously reported how students protested the ongoing strike under the banner of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Wednesday.
In an act of protest, the students took over the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, which eventually became gridlocked.
The Nigerian constitution recognises the freedom of individuals to participate in public rallies, but no Nigerian is permitted to “inflict pain and annoyance on other people,” the minister stated in response to the occurrence.
I apologise once more and understand that commuters depend on that location to continue living their lives. Because it is the most developed region — the final six kilometres into Lagos, which are quite heavily inhabited and occupied — it is actually the location we reserved for last. Alternative routes for people have very limited space. So please be patient with us,” he stated.
“I also heard that some incensed students will be protesting on the street under the leadership of NANS. In my humble opinion, it offers absolutely no assistance to the citizens.
“Our constitution provides excellent protection for the right to protest, but that protection does not extend to the right to cause harm or discomfort to others.
Therefore, while the demonstrations may continue, they shouldn’t obstruct the road in order to stage them. That in itself is a legal infraction.