NANS summons emergency meeting over ASUU strike
The National Association of Nigerian Students has summoned an emergency meeting to deliberate on its next line of action on the ongoing strike by ASUU.
The meeting, it was learnt, would deliberate on the strike and other issues of critical national importance and take a position on the way forward.
The students also called on the Federal Government and ASUU to engage in constructive discussion to resolve the lingering issues that led to the declaration of the strike.
It called on the parties to “save the education sector and the future of Nigerian students in the interest of the nation.”
The President of NANS, Chinonso Obasi, said this in an interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday.
Obasi stated that NANS would await the outcome of the meeting between government and ASUU to determine its next line of action.
He said, “We have fixed an emergency meeting of NANS, which will give approval to the action of NANS upon the expiration of the 21 days ultimatum given for the ASUU strike to be called off.
“The meeting is scheduled to hold on September 7 in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.”
NANS decried the incessant and prolonged strikes as one of the factors responsible for the falling standard of education in Nigeria apart from the attendant untold hardship on the students, parents and guardians.
Obasi said, “Incessant strikes and stoppage of academic activities as a result of lack of agreements or lack of adherence and implementation of duly-executed memorandum of agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU do not reflect and demonstrate commitment to the sustainable development of the nation’s education sector and the development of the nation’s human capital.
“We are calling on the government and ASUU to demonstrate sensitivity and a great sense of patriotism in resolving the issues at the earliest convenience to save education in the nation and avert unfortunate developments associated with the idleness of young people.”