Activities at the college of education Ilorin were paralyzed today as hundreds of students of the institution took to the streets of Ilorin, the Kwara state capital to stage a public protest against non-payment of lecturers and other workers of the institution for the past four months.
The Irate students, who were with placards with various inscriptions, sang anti-government songs blaming state government for neglecting their lecturers.
The protesters said they had lost time due to the incessant strikes in the college while calling for payment of subventions to the institution in the interest of the future of the thousands of students.
While speaking with Royal Times correspondent Olarotimi Oshin during the protest, the speaker of the student union of the college Ajamu Mathew, said the attitude of the state government had almost ruined the future of many students as they have more years than expected in school over strike action.
He said the protest was as a result of striking action which school authority commenced today during examination period over nonpayment of their salaries.
Ajamu alleged that the police officers sent to cool the tension injured lot of students and have been hospitalized but some police officers who spoke with our correspondent said they only released teargas in order to control the protest.
Our correspondent who visited the school management on the development reports that at as the time of filling this report, the provost of the institution has gone for crucial meeting with the state government on the issue in order to proffer solution to the lingering crisis.