ASUU strike: We'll close all private universities, says NANS president
- If nothing is drastic is done soonest, private universities may be shut down in no time
- This threat was issued on Wednesday, December 9, by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS)
- NANS stated that it will carry out its threat if the federal government and ASUU do not end the strike in their next meeting
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The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has promised to shut down all private universities in the country if the prolonged strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities does not come to an end soon.
NANS' new president, Sunday Asefon, on Wednesday, December 9, wailed that this is the longest strike by lecturers since the history of Nigeria, Punch reports.
However, Asefon disclosed that the association will engage the federal government and ASUU leaders as a step towards bringing about a lasting solution to the issue.
The NANS boss added that if a workable resolution is not agreed upon during the meeting, it will move ahead to shut down all tertiary schools in Nigeria.
“We will be meeting with the representatives of the Federal Government and that of ASUU to see how the two can shift grounds so that our students can go back to the classroom. It is just a story of where two elephants fight, the grass that suffers.
“There must be a lasting solution, ASUU must stop this strike and Federal Government must listen to ASUU. The two should synergise, they should pity the common students who have been at home.
“If you are talking about money, the Federal Government will still release the money at the end of the day. The strike has not stopped the salaries of ASUU (members). But it is the students that are at the receiving end of this long ASUU strike.
“Before we mobilise our students to the streets to engage in a confrontation with the government, we believe ASUU and FG should sit and resolve the whole issue. That is our interest. We are tired of being at home. We want to go back to school.”
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