The new President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Sunday
Asean, has vowed to shut down all private universities in the country should the nine-month strike embarked on by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities continue.
The NANS president said this while speaking on a PUNCH Online interview
programme, The Roundtable.
He lamented that the ongoing strike is the
longest industrial action embarked on by
the university lecturers.
According to him, NANS would engage
the Federal Government representatives
and ASUU leaders to find a long lasting
solution to resolve the stalemate in
negotiations between the two arms.
The NANS president said after
consultation with the two parties and
should the strike not be called off as soon
as possible, NANS would move in and
shut down all tertiary institutions in the
Asefon said, “In the history of ASUU strike,
this is the longest ASUU strike so far, going to nine months now. My administration frowns at it. We will be meeting with the representatives of the Federal Government and that of ASUU to see how the two can shift grounds so that our students can go back to the classroom. It is just a story of where two elephants fight, the grass there suffers it”.
“We have three Cs, we have embarked on
the first C which is ‘Consultation’ and we
are going to ‘Consolidate’ on our Consultation’. We will get to a stage before the end of this year when we will get the two of them seated on roundtable. We will force the two parties to make a decision because they are toying with the lives of Nigerian students.
“If they fail to resolve the issue, we are going to embark on the third C which is
Confrontation’. We are going to shut down all private universities in this country. And after that, we are going to engage in a mass action. Because majority of the children of ASUU (members) and the rich are in private
schools and they are not affected. That is
why they are toying with the lives of the
common Nigerian students,” NANS President stated.