NANS gives FG, ASUU 14 days ultimatum to reopen universities
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has given the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) a 14-day ultimatum to resolve their differences and reopen the higher institutions for learning.
It threatened that failure to do so would result in a nationwide protest which would cause more harm to the nation's economy.
The leaders of the students association reached this decision yesterday following a virtual emergency meeting.
A statement issued by Salahudeen Lukman (chairman) Danladi Jonah (vice-chairman) and Modibo Adama from Federal University Yola said the continued strike by lecturers was an "organised crime against students' career and educational pursuits".
NANS also issued a "14-day ultimatum for ASUU and FG to resolve their impasse for campuses to reopen or risk mass protest".
The students association said;
"NANS declares the necessity of minimum of two academic sessions fee waiver for Nigerian students in both state and federal universities in the spirit of COVID-19 palliative to ameliorate the economic effects of the lockdown occasioned by the global pandemic.
"This is to avert mass drop out of students which may increase crime and criminality among youths in the country.
"The government has failed to priorities education.
"Hence the failure to deploy necessary fund for the complete overhaul of the education sector and total revitalisation of university education in Nigeria, through a meaningful budgetary allocation to the sector in line with the recommendation of UNESCO'S 26% educational budgetary allocation, which can be traced as the root cause of incessant strike by the academic staff unions in all Nigerian tertiary institutions.
"NANS has affirmed the perpetual and continued industrial actions by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as the only tool to press home her demands as an organised crime against students' career and educational pursuits.
"Consequently, NANS with no hesitation declares 14 days ultimatum for both parties to resolve their impasse for our campuses to reopen or risk mass with the economic shutdown as the major target".
The statement was also signed by Mr Ogunsanya Rasheed; Micheal Otedola; Mr Nwafor Joshua; Mr Adai Pius and Rukkayya Yusuf.
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