Ogun students protests nonpayment of lecturers

Hundreds of Students of Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu of Ogun State, on Wednesday embarked on a protest on behalf of their lecturers who they said had been denied their salaries for 13 months.

The protesters, led by the chairman of National Association of Nigerian Students, Ogun State, Joint Campus Committee, Dotun Opaleye, stormed Iwe-Iroyin press centre and some major parts of Abeokuta, with placards calling on the government to address the plight of their lecturers and other burning issues.

“After 13 months in which the staffs of this institution have worked without being paid a kobo in the form of salary or allowances; it is so pathetic and incomprehensible how we students of Tai Solarin College of Education deserve this from government,” he said.

The students said the nonpayment of lecturers’ salary was having a damaging effect on their future.

“Education is our right and not a privilege,” Mr. Opaleye said.

“It is crystal clear that our school, as the first tertiary institution in Ogun State, has produced refined and quality teachers that produced most of our leaders now and even their children that are lawyers, doctor and so on. Come to think of it, what does the government want us to become in the nearest future,” the students said.

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