The students of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, RUGIPO had defied the scorching sun ranting and shouting solidarity songs to gain the attention of passersby and motorists.
Joined by the Students' Union presidents of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, Adekunle Ajasin University, AAUA and Ondo State University of Science and Technology the students gathered at the governor's office to protest the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), RUGIPO chapter which has entered its second day.
While speaking to the obviously aggrieved students, the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu who addressed the students after several hours of waiting blamed the inability of the state government to pay the striking lectures on the nonpayment of school fees by the students.
The Governor said, "Your Rector has come to complain to me that most of you don't pay school fees.
"He even told me they must insist you don't write exams until you pay.
I told him he should let you do (write) exam but he will not release your results but be said most of you won't come for your results."
Governor Akeredolu further blamed the striking workers for not creating time for negotiation with the state government and asked the students to query the decision of the staff to embark on strike.
He said, "They are fighting in an illegal way because they are supposed to give notice and time for negotiation.
"When you get back let them know they didn't follow the right procedure."
While speaking rhetorically, the Governor asked, " Have they reached the point in which they can no longer negotiate with the government? Do you just jump out of the classroom? Have they engaged the government to negotiate with them.?"