Youths in the South West region of the country have lashed out at the federal government over the continued impasse with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the Federal Government.
The youths under the aegis of Odua Youth Coalition, OYC, accused the federal government of insincerity and turning a blind eye to the plight of Nigerians, particularly students.
Speaking during a press briefing in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the National President of the group, Tayo Oluyi Akintade, who was flanked by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Olugbenga Ajongbolo, frowned at the alleged lackadaisical attitude of the government towards the agreements.
Since February 14, 2022, ASUU had been on strike demanding, among other things, the 2009 agreements it reached with the federal government.
While giving the federal government a seven-day ultimatum, they vowed to barricade federal roads across South West states if the government refused to yield to the demands of ASUU.
“What ASUU and Nigerians want is for government to bring universities to the height they ought to be.
“The federal government has shown lackadaisical towards the Nigeria future and we as youths have come out to say emphatically that if the federal government failed to accede to these requests within the next seven days we are not going to leave any stone unturned by moving out en masse and joining forces with other bodies to ensure that we block all federal roads.
“For years, we give them an opportunity for reconciliation and dialogue but we have seen that for years these people do not listen. I think they understand that when things are turned upside down, they respond and this is the approach we are taking.”