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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Saturday urged the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to go back to negotiations with the Federal Government. This was contained in a statement signed by the association’s president, Danielson Akpan.
NANS was reacting to a statement reportedly issued by ASUU where it threatened not to honour any further invitation for a meeting with the Federal Government.
The statement reads, “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.”
The president equally frowned at the fact that the Acadmic Staff Union of Universities resisted vehemently, the idea of having students’ representatives during the negotiation meeting and rather prefer to have closed door meetings with 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.
“They must be ready to pay back monetary compensations to Nigerian students from their salaries that continue to count even when they are not working at all, at our detriment,” he added
“We are determined to carry out these actions to the fullest, if our campuses are not reopened at the expiration of this ultimatum. We therefore urge the FG and ASUU not to test our resolve as Nigerian students have been patient and (have been) taken for granted for far too long,” Mr Akpan said.