Press Statement: ASUU: NANS Denies Supporting Strike, Extends Ultimatum
The attention of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has been drawn to a confusing statement in the dailies credited to Dr. Isa Fagge, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) that Nigerian Students have instructed them to continue with the ongoing ten weeks old strike embarked on by the union to press home for her demand.
For the sake of clarity and the already misinformed general public, We wish to state categorically that there was no time Nigerian Students instructed ASUU to continue with her strike, and no time would such decision be made! We ask that the studentship of any students happy with the ongoing strike be verified as we doubt it’s authenticity!
….And by the way, why would the students that ASUU national leaders never consulted nor carried along their association” in their plans and struggles till date instructed them to forge ahead with their ongoing strike? Which students? The students whose future are being ruined by their strike? The students whose success is being delayed by their incessant strike? The students whose their strike has extended their four years course to six years and still counting? The strike that has turned many female students to prostitutes leading to them Contacting sexually transmitted disease, STD, and HIV/Aids? The strike that has turned many male students to father of unwanted babies? The strike that has dwindlled the intellectual sagacity and erudition of Nigerian Students? the strike that has added to the burden of needy parents and guardians? No way!
Additionally, we wish to remind the general public that the seven days ultimatum given to both Federal Government (FG) and ASUU to get the ongoing strike suspended has been extended pending the completion of ongoing consultations of the NANS leadership with Student Union leaders across the country. The decision to extend the ultimatum was made based on the decision of the NANS leadership to further its consultation on the lingering strike action embarked upon by ASUU. Hopefully, the consultation will be concluded in the next few days and we vow that our reaction shall be counter-productive if the strike is not suspended on or before then.
We chastise FG and ASUU for being lackadaisical in their approach to the plight of Nigerian Students. We assert without any fear of intimidation that we are no longer comfortable with the handling of the ongoing strike by both parties. We demand for the immediate implementation of UNESCO recommendations on education. We believe in the provision of conducive environment for learning and teaching in all tertiary institutions nationwide. We reject the embarrassment called LIBRARY across our campuses. We demand for uninterrupted power supply and pipe-borne water in our hostels. We say no to the unwarranted intimidation of our comrades by lecturers and management of tertiary institutions across the nation. We say no to sales of plagiarized textbooks of less than 100 pages for over N1, 000 in most of our citadels of learning. We lampoon the men of Nigeria Police for their incessant killing of Nigerian Students like criminals while agitating for their rights but not at the detriment of indefinite closure of our ivory towers.
Furthermore, we urge the public to disregard the threat made by some unauthorized comrades in Ekiti State last week in the name of NANS to shut down the privately owned Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti in protest against the ongoing strike by lecturers in public universities. Our position is that we posses no right under the law to carry out such an act on a private institution. We warn that anyone caught fomenting trouble in the premises of Afe Babalola University should be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of law. We shall fight as entrenched by the constitution of Nigeria. We shall continue to protect our integrity and dignity. We say no to brigandage, gangsterism and hooliganism.
We opine that we are not intimidated, but we are tired of monthly laying of comrades to eternal rest. We have unraveled many approaches to get our demands met without resorting to violent protest.
In conclusion, we urge all our Zonal Coordinators, JCC Chairmen and all Students’ Union Presidents across the nation to be at-alert as we shall communicate to them on the next line of action if upon completion of our consultations, ASUU and FG fail to get the ongoing ten weeks old industrial action suspended.
Nigerian University Students say they are Tired of home!
Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye,
For: Yinka Gbadebo, President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
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