Following the recent strike action called by Lecturers in Nigerian Public Universities, Nigerian students under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued an ultimatum to the Federal government to resolve all outstanding issues with the striking the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The students told the government to respond to the agitations of their teachers within seven days or face massive protests by University students across the country.
NANS announced their resolve at the secretariat of the
Nigeria Union of Journalists in Abeokuta.
According to the National Public Relations Officer of the association, Azeez Adeyemi, the students will embark on protests across the country if the government did not meet up with the demands of ASUU.
“We will not fold our arms and allow our institutions to be shut down for months again because of Federal government insensitivity and lackadaisical approach towards education at all levels in Nigeria.
As majority of the wards of those whose immediate responsibility is to ensure adequate funding of education in Nigeria are schooling in choice universities abroad and they don’t give a damn even if our institutions are closed for decades,” he said.
He also used the opportunity to urge the APC led federal government to be sincere in its fight against corruption;
“A situation where the ruling APC government shield their members and supporters from being investigated after submission of petitions against some of their stalwarts is not acceptable to us as stakeholders in the Nigerian project.
We hereby call on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to forthwith investigate the petitions against Comrade Adams Oshiomole, former governor of Edo state, Rt.Hon.Rotimi Amaechi, former Governor of Rivers state, Senator Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa-Ibom state, Babachir Lawal, past secretary to the Government of the Federation and others.
In the same vein, we salute the courage of former Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose for voluntarily submitting himself to probe by EFCC after office”.
Adeyemi concluded by pledging the unwavering solidarity of the student union to the leadership of College of Education Academic Staff Union, and all Academic staff association in the nation’s colleges of education who have been on strike for over two months for better conditions of service.