NANS threatens nationwide protest if ASUU resumes strike

NANS threatens nationwide protest if ASUU resumes strike

- NANS has promised not to just fold its arm and watch should ASUU decide to resume its strike action

- The students' body described as ridiculous and embarrassing ASUU's position that the strike was called-off "conditionally"

- NANS president Sunday Asefon noted that protest is the only language that the federal government and ASUU leaders understand

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to embark on massive protest should the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resume its industrial strike action.

Speaking to The Punch through its newly-elected president Sunday Asefon on Thursday, December 24, NANS described as a slap the ASUU's position that the strike was suspended "conditionally.

Legit.ng recalls that after 10 months, the lecturers' body announced the suspension of the strike action.

This news which was a joy to students was announced by ASUU president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, during a press conference on Wednesday, December 23, after an 8-hour meeting with the representatives of the federal government led by the senior minister of labour and employment Chris Ngige.

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But in a swift reaction, NANS president Asefon declared that students would take to the streets if ASUU resumes strike, describing as embarrassing and ridiculous the position of the lecturers' body.

NANS threatens nationwide protest if ASUU resumes strike
NANS president Sunday Asefon threatens nationwide protest if ASUU resumes strike. Credit: Asefon Sunday Dayo
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“It is a slap on us for ASUU to say they are calling off the strike conditionally. If they call it off conditionally, we will also put on hold our plan to engage the Federal Government and ASUU on a mass action.
"But if they also resume their strike, we will also go to the streets, if that is the only language they understand, we will speak it to them.”

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Meanwhile, ASUU said it might resume its suspended strike in February 2021 if the federal government fails to fulfil the promises it made to the lecturers.

The national president of ASUU, Prof Ogunyemi, made this known in Lagos shortly after the union suspended its 10-month-old strike.

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ASUU had in March begun a nationwide strike over the federal government’s insistence that lecturers must register for the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) and other key issues.

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