On Wednesday, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has resolved to organize a nationwide mass protests for the immediate calling off ASUU strike and reopening of all universities across Nigeria.
This resolution was on Wednesday reached in a communiqué issued in Enugu after NANS Students’ Leaders Emergency Virtual Meeting held on Nov. 9.
The Nigerian students’ leaders lamented that the continued ASUU strike was an organized crime against students’ educational pursuits and career.
NANS issued a 14-day Ultimatum for ASUU and FG to resolve their issues for Universities to reopen or risk Mass Protests by Nigerian youths.
The Union warned that #EndASUUStrike protest would have economic shut down as the primary target.
The communiqué reads in part:” NANS declares the necessity of minimum of two academic session school fees waiver for Nigerian students in both state and federal institutions in the spirit of COVID-19 palliative to alleviate the economic effects of the lockdown occasioned by the global pandemic.
“This is to avert mass drop out of students who may increase crime and criminality among youths in Nigeria.”
The association lamented that the government had not earmarked meaningful budgetary allocation to the educator sector in line with the recommendation of UNESCO 26 per cent educational, fiscal allocation.
According to the Student Union, this can be traced as the root cause of ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Unions in all Nigeria tertiary institutions.
“Consequently, NANS with no hesitation declares 14 days Ultimatum for both ASUU and FG to resolve their impasse to reopen our campuses or risk Mass Protest tagged #EndASUUStrike Nationwide.
“While the Government and ASUU have nothing to lose at the end of every strike, both salaries, promotions and other emoluments among others flows uninterrupted;
According to the body, “Nigerian students are the greatest losers of the strike as their career are delayed, stay on campus extended, house rent/hostel fee incurred, NYSC age limit exceeded, Federal/state job age requirement exceeded among other negative effects and impacts on general life plan of an average Nigerian student.
The communiqué was jointly signed by the communiqué drafting committee led by Danladi Jonah from Modibo Adama Federal University Yola, Adamawa State and Mr Salahudeen Lukman as Chairman, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Mr.
Others are JCC Chairman Lagos, Mr Ogunsanya Rasheed, Mr Adai Pius, Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, SUG President, Federal University of Agriculture, Noforija-Epe, Mr Nwafor Joshua, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki Lagos State and Rukkayya Yusuf, ABU Zaria, Kaduna State.
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