Students under the aegis of Joint Campus Committee, JCC, under the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS Zone B), last Wednesday in Awka, temporarily brought traffic to a halt as they protested what they described as unlawful relocation of Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe (NOCEN) students' park, as well as hike in bus fare. This is even as they demanded for the immediate removal of the Anambra State Commissioner for Rail, Water and Land Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chinwe Nwaebili, and the Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, Dr. Mrs. Uju Akudo.
The protesting students numbering over one hundred and fifty stormed the Arroma Junction axis of the Onitsha - Enugu Expressway, Awka, Wednesday afternoon, wielding placards with various inscriptions like, "The voice of Nigerian students must be heard'', ''Injury to one is injury to all'', ''Government needs Nigerian students'', "Nwaebili and Akudo Must Go", among others, brought to a halt human and vehicular movement at the junction.
They accused the transport commissioner, Nwaebili and Akudo of aiding and abetting what they called exorbitant transportation imposed on them by a transport union in the area.
The students who took off from UNIZIK Temporary Site, took the peaceful demonstration to Arroma Junction.
Speaking on behalf of others, the state chairman, JCC, National Association of Nigerian Students, Anambra State Chapter, Comrade Betty Okoye, lamented that a transport union was imposed on them by people he described as saboteurs working against state government, thereby imposing high transport fare on them.
Comrade Okoye added that formerly, they paid fifty to seventy naira from Onitsha to the college, until the union forced them to pay one hundred and fifty naira.
He also said that they were forced to patronise a commercial bank at Egerton Street, Onitsha, against the one at Holy Trinity, which, they said, was closer and secure for the students.
Comrade Okoye called on government to look into the matter urgently as they had made several efforts to change the situation which yielded no result.
Addressing the protesting students, the Special Adviser to the government on Political Matters, Comrade Chinedu Obidigwe, appealed to the students to sheath their swords, noting that the issues they raised would be addressed without delay.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Police Officer, B Division, Awka, Mr Tony Adeyi, who led some policemen to control the students, charged them to be law abiding and use the proper channel to make their agitations known, advising them not to disrupt federal or state roads in order not to deprive other citizens their rights of using public roads.
Efforts made to get to the accused duo proved abortive as their cell phones could not be reached. Even the WhatsApp messages sent to Hon. Chinwe Nwaebili could not be answered as at the time of filling this report.