BREAKING: Gridlock as Nigerian students block Lagos airport over ASUU strike

Nigerian students under the auspices of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Monday, September 19, 2022, blocked a section of the access road to the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos to protest the ongoing seven-month industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The situation caused gridlock along the axis as the vehicular movement in and out of the airport was stalled.

In now-viral videos, the protesters are seen calling on the federal government to meet the demands of ASUU to enable them to return to school.

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Security officials can also be seen at the protest ground maintaining orderliness.

ASUU has been in a tussle with the federal government since February 14, 2022, bringing educational activities in many government-owned tertiary institutions to a standstill over unmet demands.

Several meetings between the union and the federal government have ended in deadlock.

In response, the federal government referred the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) for adjudication.

“It would be appreciated if this dispute is given an accelerated hearing in order to bring the dispute to an end,” Chris Ngige, the minister for labour and employment, told the court.

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