Following protests by students of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, the institution has been closed down indefinitely.
The students had thronged out in their large numbers on the morning of Wednesday, January 21, following a resolution by the institution’s striking lecturers, after a congress on Monday, to continue their strike.
The polytechnic’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and other unions, including the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Union of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP), have been on strike in protest against the Rector, Dr Taiwo Akande’s leadership style, which they described as against their interest.
The placard-carrying students, who commenced their protest as early as 7.00 a.m, called for an end to the unions’ strike, saying it was affecting them.
The protest was led by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) South-West coordinator, Sunday Ashefon.
The students also claimed that their fees were ridiculously high and complained that the polytechnic lacked facilities like electricity and water, just as they also alleged that their hostels and lecture rooms were in bad condition.
Their actions, however, backfired, as policemen were forced to disperse the students with tear gas canisters, which compelled the protesters to scamper to safety.