ASUU strike: Aggrieved students shut NASS, education ministry
Written by on March 1, 2022
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), yesterday, disrupted activities at the National Assembly Complex and Federal Ministry of Education, in Abuja, as it staged a peaceful protest to register their discontent with the periodic industrial actions by university lecturers under the umbrella of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and failure of Federal Government to meet their demands.
The aggrieved students in their hundreds marched through the streets of Abuja with placards, chanted solidarity songs and blocked the gates of both buildings for several hours.
Carrying mattresses, cooking gases and other utensils, the students threatened to occupy NASS complex and Federal Ministry of Education until they were assured that concrete measures have been put in place by government to end the lecturers strike.
The students asked the Federal Government to honour agreements it freely entered into with ASUU and renegotiate areas that needed renegotiation. They also tasked ASUU to be open-minded, progressive and realistic in their terms.
NANS President, Sunday Asefon, who led the protest decried the situation where ASUU had gone on strike for more than four years cumulatively since 1999.
He urged government to persuade ASUU to suspend the strike and return to classrooms to ensure continuity in academic calendar.