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ASUU Strike: We’ll block roads in Oyo, NANS threatens FG

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… Holds peaceful protest in Jos over ASUU strike***

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to block all federal government roads in Oyo from Tuesday if the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike continues.

The newsmen report that a section of NANS members from Zone B made the threat on Monday.

The members spoke while protesting at the Nigeria Union of Journalists Press Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan.

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Led by its Southwest Coordinator, Steven Tegbe, the association advised the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve their crisis for the sake of students.

It said that there was no need for a strike if issues were settled amicably.

“We are holding our peaceful demonstration here today because of the lingering crisis between ASUU and the Federal Government, which has been a reoccurring event over the years.

“Unfortunately, we students are always at the receiving end.

If the federal government and ASUU refuse to resolve on Monday, we won’t hesitate to go violent on Tuesday.

“They cannot continue to be wasting our time. When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.

“We are appealing to the Federal Government to respect agreement and ASUU to be decisive in spending when their demands are met.

“There are ways to deal with issues rather than going on strike.

“We want to see the projects that ASUU is carrying out with the subventions received from the Federal Government,” Tegbe said on behalf of the association.

According to the association, the protest will be held continuously across the country, until students’ demands are met.

Newsmen report that the students carried placards with various inscriptions some of which are: “FG and ASUU stop the madness”, and “Stop the strike and revitalise our education”.

In the same vein, students in Plateau, under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Monday staged a peaceful protest in Jos over the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The newsmen report that ASUU is currently on a one-month warning strike to press home some demands.

The union alleged that the Federal Government failed to honour the agreement it entered with ASUU since 2009.

Mr  Na’allah Nanzim, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), NANS Zone C, who spoke during the protest said the protest was basically to express the students’ grievances over incessant strikes by ASUU.

A cross-section of students protesting the ongoing ASUU strike in Jos.

According to Nanzim, the protest was also told by both the government and ASUU that education is the right of every Nigerian child, hence the need for them to find a common ground.

He said students often suffer setbacks in their academic journeys anytime ASUU embarks on strike action.

“We are actually here to express our grievances to the Federal Government and ASUU over the incessant strikes.

“We are here to make a statement, that education is a right and the consistent strikes are gradually killing the education system in Nigeria.

“We want the government to know that we are critical stakeholders in the education sector and these strikes are really affecting our academic journey.

“When ASUU and government have issues, it is the students that suffer and this protest is to show how unhappy we are over the regular strikes,” he said.

Nanzim said that the students would continue to hold such protests until ASUU and the government reached a reasonable agreement.

 

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