Tension As Nigerian Student Commence #EndASUUStrike Protest

Tension As Nigerian Student Commerces #EndASUUStrike Protest

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Monday, staged a protest in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and some other parts of the country to demand an end to the strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU).

Sunday Asefon, NANS national president who led the protest in Abuja, demanding that the federal government and ASUU to, as a matter of urgency, call off the strike while negotiation continues.

He also stated that this protest will be the biggest the country would expirence, it would be bigger than that of #EndSars protest if urgent action is not taken.

The student who could no longer bear the pains and setbacks that this incessant strikes has caused them decided to stage a nation wide protest asking the FG and ASUU to put a permanent stop to this never ending strikes.

“At the end of every strike action, ASUU members get their salary, government officials and politicians gets their pay, ministers in charge of the Ministry of Education and his counterpart in the Ministry of Labour gets their pay and allowances for unproductive meetings with ASUU, but the students get nothing than the inability to get mobilized for NYSC as a result of age limitation, limited job opportunities as a result of age limitation, untimely death of students traversing the poor Nigerian roads unnecessarily, all as a result of incessant ASUU strike”, he added

“It is more worrisome that most of the industrial actions could have been avoided if the government had been responsible enough to fulfil promises/agreements freely entered with ASUU over the years and fulfil their part of the bargain. Public tertiary institutions in Nigeria have taken a downward slope in recent years and there is an urgent need to fix the system. Many students no longer trust the education outcome of our tertiary institutions as a result of the incessant strike and infrastructural neglect from the government.

“These developments account for the high level of migration of Nigerian students abroad in search of stable and quality education. Many of our students are currently trapped in war-ravaged Ukraine as a result of the incessant strike in our universities and lack of adequate infrastructural development,” he further said.

The president vowed that the students will continue the protest until the strike is called off.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu scheduled an impromptu meeting with the leadership of the union who barricaded the entrance of the federal ministry of education.

Adamu, however, walked out on the meeting with the students when the leadership of the union questioned him on why the education sector is in rot, while the government is sending their children to study abroad.

Adamu said he was “Disappointed with their comments” and stepped out of the conference room.

ASUU embarked on a one month warning strike on the 14th of February 2022, over the government’s failure to implement the Memorandum of Action it signed with the union.

Some of ASUU’s demands include: adequate funding for revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, Universities Transparency Accountability Solutions (UTAS), promotion arrears, renegotiation of 2009 ASUU/FG agreement and the inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System Payment (IPPIS).

NANS vows to continue the protest until the strike is put to and permanently.

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