By Kayode Olarewaju
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued two weeks ultimatum to the federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the lecturers’ strike or be ready for confrontation.
The students threat was contained in a statement issued and signed by the association’s president, Danielson Akpan, on Sunday.
The statement recalled that ASUU strike commenced on November 4 after the lecturers accused the federal government of not implementing previous agreements.
ASUU has had several meetings with the federal government but both parties have been unable to reach a consensus.
“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,” Mr Akpan said.
The association also kicked against not being allowed to be part of the negotiation between federal government and ASUU.
“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.”
The union leader said the strike has affected students academics, the accumulating cost of accommodation and could disenfranchise students from participating in the 2019 general elections.
He threatened a mass protest across the country and the mobilisation of 100,000 students for a protest in Abuja.