Obafemi Awolowo University Students Threaten Protest Over Fuel Crisis

Amidst growing frustrations over rising fuel prices and transportation challenges, students from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife are threatening to protest.

The potential demonstration, spearheaded by the Great Ife Students’ Union, underlines the increasing tensions between student bodies and the government policies under President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

The threat emerged from a recent statement by Abbas Akinremi Ojo, the President of the Students’ Union, expressing deep concern over the burdens placed on students due to the government’s economic strategies. “We are at a breaking point because of the neo-classical economic policies of the government,” Ojo stated, lamenting the hardships faced since the removal of fuel subsidies.

Despite the administration’s move to eliminate fuel subsidies last year—a decision met with skepticism even among supporters due to the lack of a solid framework to mitigate negative impacts—students and the general populace have faced harsh economic realities. The removal has led to increased costs across various sectors, including electricity and general living expenses.

Ojo highlighted the critical issues currently plaguing students, such as the dire fuel shortages and fluctuating prices that have left many stranded and financially strained. “The artificial increase in the price of PMS (Petrol Motor Spirit) has severely affected the cost of goods and transportation, making it almost unbearable for us,” he explained.

The union leader criticized the government’s lack of response to their pleas, pointing out the dire need for a reliable and fair supply of fuel in a country as resource-rich as Nigeria. The students’ demands are clear: immediate governmental action to resolve the fuel scarcity, end price gouging practices, and ensure the operational functionality of the country’s refineries.

Ojo warned that if the government does not meet these demands within the next 48 hours, the students are prepared to initiate a prolonged street protest. “We will not hesitate to defend our academic future and stand against policies that threaten our welfare,” he concluded, signaling a critical juncture in the relationship between Nigeria’s youth and its government.


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