The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) South-West Zone, announced on Monday that it will organize what it termed a final burial rite of public education in Nigeria.
The student union made the announcement as it blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over the lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Naija News reports that ASUU has been on strike since February 2022.
Reacting in a statement dated Monday, October 3, NANS Coordinator and Spokesperson, Adegboye Olatunji and Awoyinfa Opeoluwa, respectively, accused the incumbent government of killing public education in the country, saying that it is ready to conduct its funeral.
NANS threatened that they would be hitting the streets again in the coming days. “It behoves us to call the attention of the general public and the international community on the brazen insult meted on the Nigerian students by the irresponsible administration of Buhari.
“We want Nigerian students to be ready for grand mass action on the ASUU strike.
“We are clear that this government is anti-public education and this is against the yearnings of millions of students and youths.
“In coming days, we shall be occupying the streets across the South-West region to conduct a final burial rite of public education in the country as this is what the Buhari’s administration represents,” the statement said.
NANS on Monday described the planned national honour for the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu as an insult to students in the country.
Speaking against the backdrop of the lingering strike by ASUU, NANS spokesperson, Tope Giwa said it is an indication that the Muhammadu Buhari government does not care about the plight of the students.
In his words, “Nigerian students have been taken for a ride.”
Naija News reports that 437 Nigerians have been listed to be conferred with National Awards at a ceremony billed for October 11, 2022, and the Minister of Education is on the list, expected to receive the Commander of the Order of Niger (CON).
Reacting, the NANS spokesperson said in a statement that Adamu is to be blamed for the ASUU strike which has lingered for about eight months, hence, there’s no justifiable reason to give him an award.
He added that the step rubbishes the integrity claims of the Buhari administration because the educational sector has completely collapsed under the Minister’s watch.