- Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students in the southwest and Kwara state have demanded an immediate end to the lingering ASUU strike
- The students called on the federal government and ASUU to reach a compromise
- A seven-day ultimatum has also been given the Nigerian government to address ASUU's demands and end the strike
As the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) enters the eighth month, Nigerian students have called for a compromise between the federal government and the lecturers' union.
The students under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in the Southwest and Kwara state demanded an immediate resolution to the lingering strike, Channels TV reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the students made the demand on Friday, November 13, at a press conference held at the University of Ibadan.
The president of the Students’ Union Government at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Abiodun Oloyede, spoke on behalf of the students.
“We have waited, we have hoped, but this is the eighth month and there seems to be no breakthrough in sight.
“Several engagements between the federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities, since the inception of this strike, have always been resulting in a deadlock.
“It is on that noted that we are making our position and demands to the Federal Government of Nigeria very clear and explicit.
“We the great students of the federation, hereby request an end to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities; the struggle of ASUU should never be undermined as we truly know that the revitalisation and improvement in the quality of infrastructure at regulation of payment of salary are dearly needed."
The students said they have issued the federal government a seven-day ultimatum to put an end to the strike.
They warned the Nigerian government to prepare for a national agitation if it fails to accede to their demands.
The students also stressed the need for the government to recognise education as a major factor for sustainable growth and development, thereby making better funding of universities a priority.
The press conference had in attendance presidents of the student unions of various universities in the southwest as well as Kwara state.
In a related development, the Taraba State University (TSU) chapter of ASUU has sought divine intervention on the prolonged strike action embarked by the body.
In a prayer session held at separate grounds on Tuesday, November 3, Christian and Muslim members of the chapter sought celestial control over the crisis that has long pitched varsity lecturers against the federal government.
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