Businesses are currently feeling the heat of Nigerian students who have been out of school for the past 81 days as a result of dispute between Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU and the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari over salary and other issues that border on the welfare of academic institutions in Nigeria.
University of Benin students on the day two of the protest, blocked and occupied the Benin-Ibadan-Lagos Federal road through to the city centre of Oba Ovonramwen square formerly known as Ring road; forcing almost all the commercial activities and vehicular movements on roads like Airport road, Upper Sakpoba road, roads within the New Benin area, road leading to Army Baracks among other roads connecting the ring road to remain halted for several hours as the students were seen taking lectures and conducting practicals and experiments on the roads as part of protest to demand an end to ASUU strike.
The Benin-Ibadan-Lagos Federal road remained the major road through which goods and other road users ply to access states in the South South and South East geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
The angered students had yesterday began the protest with a placard with the inscription “University of Streets, UNISTREETS indicating they would be taking lectures and performing other academic activities on Federal roads till the ASUU and the Federal Government see reasons to call off the strike and open class rooms for them to continue their education.
At the protest today, some persons were seen playing football at the Ring road with shops and other business premises closed for obvious security reasons as hoodlums may take advantage of the protest.