On the 1st of October 2015, Nigeria celebrated the 55th independence anniversary from the United Kingdom.
While many Nigerian celebrated, the members of and leaders of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ife, Students Union filed out en-masse to protest over the poor fortuned of Education in Nigeria.
Chief among their demands tabled before President Muhammadu Buhari in an Independence Day press release titled 'INDEPENDENCE OR NEW COLONIALISM', was the poor funding of educational sector and the failure of some states governments pay workers' salaries, with emphasis on Osun state and Oyo.
The leadership of the union; President, Omotayo Akande, Secretary General, Oketooto Oluwaseun and Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojedokun, jointly signed the release, urging Buhari to, amongst other things, increase budgetary allocations for education to 26% of the total budget.
Here is a breakdown of their demands:
1. Abolish tuition fees
"The union at this juncture uses this medium to demand an immediate abolition of fee on Nigerian campuses.
“Fee hike on Nigerian campuses have at best achieved magnified poor academic conditions and priced education out of the reach of the children of the poor majority.”
2. Investigate OAU VC, Professor Idowu Bamitale Omole, for corruption, others
"We must however assert at this point that although government allocates an insignificant amount into Nigerian universities, but on OAU campus, out of the little allocated into the university coffers, much is stolen by the Professor Bamitale Omole led administration.
"Immediate probe of the principal officers of Nigerian universities including the Professor Bamitale led Omole led administration on OAU campus."