Following a demonstration against the ASUU strike the federal government warns students that blocking the Lagos-Ibadan Road is illegal
According to the Federal Government, students violated the law by obstructing the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
In protest of the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) blocked the road on Tuesday.
They congregated at the Redeemed Church axis and blocked both sides of the road under the leadership of Damilola Simeon, Chairman of NANS in Ogun.
The protest impeded free travel into and out of Lagos and hampered the flow of traffic from the Sagamu Interchange to the Makun City region.
Babatunde Fashola, the minister of works and housing, criticized the action on Wednesday in Abuja.
Following the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), led by President Muhammadu Buhari, Fashola spoke to reporters at the White House.
He claimed that while the constitution preserves citizens’ freedom to demonstrate in public, it does not provide someone the right to cause harm or discomfort to other people.
The minister expressed regret to anyone affected by the protest on the subway, calling it “not at all useful to the citizens.”
“While protests may continue, students should avoid blocking traffic to stage their protests. That alone is against the law,”
Fashola, however, clarified that the reason for the delay on the road was that it was in the most populated region.
The final six kilometers into Lagos are quite congested and packed. Alternative routes for people have very limited space. Just be patient with us,”