The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued a two weeks ultimatum to the federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the lecturers’strike or be ready for confrontation. This was contained in a statement signed by the association’s president, Danielson Akpan, on Sunday.
Mr Akpan said, “The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), after a holistic critique of the lingering industrial actions embarked upon by the academic staff of our tertiary institution has issued a TWO WEEKS ULTIMATUM to both the FG and ASUU to call off the lingering strike or face the full wrath of angry Nigerian students”.
He said, “To our greatest consternation, the Academic Staff Union of Universities has resisted vehemently, the idea of having students’ representatives during these meetings and rather, called for closed-door meetings between the Federal Ministry of Education and the leaders of the Union. And the FG has agreed that we observe the negotiations, hence, we’re at the receiving end. We are worried and (are asking) what ASUU is hiding? ”
The union leader said the strike has affected students’ academics, the cost of accommodation and disenfranchisement of students from participating in the 2019 general elections.
He threatened a mass protest across the country and the mobilization of 100,000 students for a protest in Abuja, the country’s capital.