Hanson Chidozie, with agency reports
A fresh wave of strike which may yet again cripple the nation’s tertiary education, has attracted attention of main victim such industrial action, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) which has called on the Federal Government (FG) to look into the plight of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) or face the wrath of students.
Mr Chinonso Obasi, National President, NANS who gave the threat in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday said the FG has just 21 days to resolve its outstanding issues with ASUU in the interest of longsuffering Nigerian students.
According to him, Nigerian students will be forced to ground activities in the country if by the expiration of their 21days ultimatum, the issue was not resolved.
“NANS finds it hard to believe that past governments will fail to honour agreements with members of ASUU for more than seven years,”he said.
Obasi added that NANS would be meeting in the coming week with leaders of ASUU to find out their irreducible minimum in their demands.
He explained that the students would be forced to bear the brunt of the collapse in the negotiation between the union and the government.
“It is with deep pain and regret that NANS received the news of another indefinite strike by ASUU over the Federal Government’s indifference to their plight.
“Nigerian students sees the breakdown in negotiations as a further proof that political leaders
don’t care about their future.”Consequently, we wish to call on the Federal Government to do all it can to get ASUU back to the classrooms.
“The demands of ASUU are reasonable and touch on the integrity of government, especially in the light of the fight against corruption,” he said.
It would be recalled that ASUU on Monday officially announced the commencement of its nationwide industrial actions at a news conference held in Abuja.