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FG, ASSU stalemate: NANS plans nationwide protest, suit

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NATIONAL Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has resolved to organise a nationwide mass protest to press home its demand for the immediate reopening of all universities across the country.

  This is part of resolutions reached in a communique issued yesterday in Enugu, after a ‘Two-Day NANS Students’ Leaders Emergency Virtual Meeting.’

  The communiqué said the continued strike was an organised crime against students’ career and educational pursuits, adding that NANS with no hesitation has issued a 14-day ultimatum for both Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) and federal government to resolve their differences and re-open university campuses nationwide or risk mass protest under the aegis of #EndASUUStrike protest.

  According to the statement, the #EndASUUStrike protest will have dire economic shutdown on all sectors.

  “That NANS declares the necessity of a minimum of two academic session school fees waiver for Nigerian students in both state and federal institutions in the spirit of COVID-19 palliative to ameliorate the economic effects of the lockdown occasioned by the global pandemic. This is to avert mass drop out of students which may increase crime and criminality among youths in the country. That the government has failed to prioritise education, hence the failure to deploy necessary funds for a complete overhauling of the education sector and total revitalisation of university education in Nigeria,” the statement reads in part.

  Continuing, NANS stated that there would be no going back on the ultimatum once it elapsed.

  “Consequently, NANS with no hesitation declares 14 days Ultimatum for both ASUU and FG to resolve their impasse for our campuses to re-open or risk mass protest tagged #EndASUUStrike nationwide – with economic shut down as the major target,” it added.

  The communiqué was jointly signed by by Salahudeen Lukman from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and Danladi Jonah from Modibo Adama Federal University Yola, Adamawa State.

  Others are Ogunsanya Rasheed from Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Noforija-Epe, Lagos State and Nwafor Joshua from Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki as well as Adai Pius from Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State and Rukkayya Yusuf from ABU Zaria.

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