ASUU Strike: Students To Shut Down Abuja International Airport And The Kaduna-Abuja Expressway Today
Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students have announced that they will block the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja and the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway today, September 21, to protest the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ ongoing strike.
On Monday, September 19, the protesting students also blocked access roads to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja’s local and international terminals, stranding passengers.
In response to the students’ plans to block the Kaduna-Abuja expressway, the Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement that while the state government does not deny citizens the right to express discontent, public security and safety must always come first.
The statement read
“The Kaduna State Government wishes to remind members of the public that any move to block the Kaduna-Abuja Road (or any routes) to express dissatisfaction, is unacceptable and a prelude to the breakdown of law and order.
The danger of barricading a strategic route like the Kaduna-Abuja Road is better appreciated within the context of ongoing security operations covering the route, and other areas of interest. Citizens are therefore strongly advised against participating in such processions.”
In the meantime, Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, said security operatives have been deployed to Abuja airport to maintain law and order during the students’ protest.