Following the current ASUU strike, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has ordered the closure of all major highways across the federation, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. ayokinews.com reports
The order was made known in a statement titled “NANS National Action Against Incessant ASUU Strike” and was signed by NANS President, Asefon Sunday; and NANS Secretary-General, Adekitan Lukman.
At a news conference on February 14, 2022, ASUU President Emmanuel Osodeke, stated that the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) had voted to go on strike because the government whom had failed to honour the Memorandum of Action it agreed with ASUU in December 2020.
NANS, in a statement released on Monday, claimed the decision to shut down all major highways in the country was reached on Saturday, after a meeting at Sokoto State University by all organs of the students’ organization.
The statement by NANS reads: “Nigerian students can’t continue to pay for sins we never committed, as we are paying for our education, we strongly believe we deserve the best, at the end of every industrial action, ASUU members are paid their salaries, likewise government officials in charge of education supervision get their pays.”
“It is only Nigerian students that get nothing but a waste of everything, the house rent is non-refundable, the age count is irreversible. The extension of stay on campus didn’t only affect our academic journey but destabilise our life plans, as many miss NYSC mobilisation due to age limit, many lost job opportunities arising from age factors while many became exposed to risks and crimes following the avoidable idleness mode the strike action imposed on Nigerian students.”
“To act against these numerous consequences of industrial action on Nigerian students’ academic journey, I am pleased to direct the immediate commencement of planning and mass mobilisation of Nigerian students and comrades across the 36 state of the Federation and FCT in line with congress decision.”
“The line of actions is as follows:
“Blockage of all major Federal Roads in all the 36 states of the Federation to be led and coordinated by NANS JCC and Zonal Executive including National officials of NANS in the state.”
“Federal Capital Territory to be blocked by National Secretariat in collaboration with FCT axis of NANS.”
“These became sacrosanct once ASUU and FG fail to reach compromise and get our campuses reopened on or before 28th February, 2022.”
“In a clear term, Monday 28th February 2022 is hereby declared as National Action Day Against ASUU Incessant Strike Action tagged: ‘#ENDASUUSTRIKEPERMANENTLYNOW.'”