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Strike: NANS threatens to protest, gives FG and ASUU a 14-day ultimatum

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has resolved to organize a massive nationwide protest for the immediate reopening of all universities in the country.

This resolution was reached in a statement issued Wednesday in Enugu following the NANS Student Leaders Virtual Emergency Meeting held on November 9.

Student leaders lamented that the ongoing strike was an organized crime against the career and education of students.

NANS issued a 14-day Ultimatum for both parties (ASUU and FG) to resolve their impasse for campuses to reopen or risk a massive protest.

The Union warned that the #EndASUUStrike protest will have economic closure as the main objective.

The statement reads in part: “NANS declares the need for a minimum of two academic tuition waiver sessions for Nigerian students in state and federal institutions in the spirit of the COVID-19 palliative to improve the economic effects of the lockdown caused by the global pandemic.

“This is to prevent mass dropout of students, which can increase crime and criminality among young people in Nigeria.”

The association regretted that the government did not allocate a significant budget allocation to the educators sector in line with the recommendation of UNESCO’s 26% education budget allocation.

According to the Student Union, this can be traced as the root cause of the incessant strike by academic staff unions in all Nigerian tertiary institutions.

Consequently, NANS without hesitation declares 14 days of Ultimatum for both ASUU and FG to resolve their impasse to reopen our campuses or risk a massive protest tagged #EndASUUStrike Nationwide.

“Although the Government and ASUU have nothing to lose at the end of each strike, both the salaries, promotions and other emoluments among others flow uninterruptedly;

According to the agency, “Nigerian students are the biggest losers in the strike, as their career is delayed, their stay on campus is extended, the house / hostel rental fee is incurred, the age limit is exceeded from NYSC, the federal / state working age requirement is exceeded, among other negative effects and impacts on the overall life plan of an average Nigerian student.

The communiqué was jointly signed by the communiqué drafting committee led by Mr. Salahudeen Lukman as president, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Mr. Danladi Jonah from Modibo Adama Yola Federal University, Adamawa State.

Others are Mr. Ogunsanya Rasheed, President of JCC Lagos, Mr. Adai Pius, President of SUG, Federal University of Agriculture, Michael Otedola School of Primary Education, Noforija-Epe, Lagos State and Mr. Nwafor Joshua, University Ebonyi, Abakaliki and Rukkayya Yusuf State, ABU Zaria, Kaduna State.

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