Angry students from the University of Ife, fifty miles (80 Kms) east of Ibadan, broke into a National Education Policy seminar being held on their campus on Tuesday (27 March), and brought the proceedings to a standstill.
LV & CU University of Ife campus and sign (2 shots)
SV INT Delegates to the National Policy on Education's seminar sitting in classroom
TV Students milling outside
CU Student banner "Leave Africa Alone"
CU Students outside classroom window protesting
SV Students burst into classroom and demonstrate waving banners and placards (3 shots)
RV Vice-Chancellor Oluwasanmi (dark suit & glasses back to camera) watches demonstrators (2 shots)
GV PAN & SV Students massed outside University (2 shots)
SV & LV PAN Vice-Chancellor leads students in demonstration march (2 shots)
SV Students in procession
LV & SV University of Lagos campus with gates blocked by bus and sign "Stop. Control Post" (2 shots)
GV & SV PAN Gowon Library building with damaged sign (2 shots)
SV Damaged furniture on steps
SV & CU ??? tree and torn sign (2 shots)
SVs Burned out care and army vehicles (4 shots)
LV University of Lagos bus blocking campus entrance
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Background: Angry students from the University of Ife, fifty miles (80 Kms) east of Ibadan, broke into a National Education Policy seminar being held on their campus on Tuesday (27 March), and brought the proceedings to a standstill.
The students were protesting against the introduction of a non-military, but compulsory, national service. First announced last October by Head of State General Yakubu Gowon, the National Youth Service Corps is aimed at creating a pool of graduate students to be used as skilled manpower for national projects, especially in rural areas.
The demonstration at l???e was one of a series of recent student disturbances in Nigeria. The Ife students had demonstrated the day before (Monday, 26 March), together with students at Ibadan and Lagos universities. This film also shown buildings and cars damaged by the Lagos students on Monday.
SYNOPSIS: At the Nigerian university of Ife near Ibadan this week, a National Education Policy seminar was interrupted by student demonstrators.
After gathering outside the meeting for some minutes, the students broke in and brought the official seminar to a standstill. The meeting had to be postponed.
The Vice-Chancellor of Ife University, Mr. Oluwasanmi, stood by helplessly while the demonstrators rampaged. The students were protesting against the recently introduced Nigerian National Service.
The service, known as the National Youth Service Corps, is non-military but compulsory. All students ??? from Nigerian universities this year will form the nucleus of the Corps, which is aimed at creating a pool of skilled manpower for national projects, especially in rural areas.
Similar disturbance also hit Lagos University, where students took over their campus.
During the demonstrations against the Youth Corps, university buildings were damaged and furniture destroyed. Several students were arrested.
A tree planted by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie during his visit last year was torn up.
In an attempt to reach Head of State General Yakubu Gowon as he drove through Lagos, students had clashed with police and burned government and army vehicles. Students in Ibadan had also rioted. Protestors complained that the Youth Corps should not be limited to university students.