-NANS gives the government 21 days ultimatum to grant ASUU request
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the Federal Government to accede to the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) or face the anger of students.
Naija News had reported that ASUU on Monday, in Abuja, officially announced the commencemet of the nationwide its indefinite strike.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Chinonso Obasi, NANS president who issued the threat in a statement in Abuja on Monday said the federal government has just 21 days to resolve its outstanding issues with ASUU in the interest of the Nigerian students.
According to him, Nigerian students will be forced to ground activities in the country if by the expiration of their 21 days ultimatum, the issue was not resolved.
“NANS finds it hard to believe that past governments will fail to honour agreements with members of ASUU for more than seven years,”he said.
Obasi said that NANS would be meeting in the coming week with leaders of ASUU to find out their irreducible minimum in their demands, adding that the students would be forced to bear the brunt of the collapse in the negotiation between the union and the government.
“It is with deep pain and regret that NANS received the news of another indefinite strike by ASUU over the Federal Government’s indifference to their plight.
“Nigerian students sees the breakdown in negotiations as a further proof that political leaders don’t care about their future.
“Consequently, we wish to call on the Federal Government to do all it can to get ASUU back to the classrooms.
“The demands of ASUU are reasonable and touch on the integrity of government, especially in the light of the fight against corruption,” he said.