Students in their thousands staged a protest over a prolonged strike by joint unions of the institution, at Akwanga College of Education.
it was reported that the academic activities at the College has been brought to a stop for a couples of weeks, following indefinite strike embarked upon by joint unions of the institution over non payment of their promotion arrears and other entitlements amounting to over five hundred million naira.
The joint unions comprised of College of Education Academic Staff Union, Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education of Nigeria and Non Academic Staff Union.
The students, in their thousands, said the action of the union was frustrating and the silence of the management was unbearable.
It was also gathered that the students converged at the gate and barricaded the Akwanga to Jos Federal highway and obstructed vehicular movement for over three hours.
While the Student Union Government president was talking to the students, some of them gathered around the union leaders and were chanting “we no go gree, we no go gree”
The students who urged the management to settle the staff to enable them go back to their classes, also lifted the COEASU chairman up and hailed him.
It took the timely intervention of the combined efforts of the the Police and Military to disperse the protesting students by using teargas.
Some of the students scrambled for safety, while some of them were seen throwing stones at the security personnel.
In an interview with Com Paul Emmanuel the president of the students union, he called on the unions and the management of the institution to seat on a round table and settle their differences.