The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has reaffirmed that it will not abandon its mass action to ensure that the nation’s economy is destabilized and that no political activities, including political party primaries, take place in Abuja or anywhere else in the country until the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike is called off.
In an interview with Channels TV in Abuja on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, NANS Public Relations Officer, Comrade Victor Ezenagu, gave an update on the national action declared by the association’s leadership on Monday, May 9, 2022, saying protests had already started on Tuesday in some states of the federation.
The NANS’ Ogun and Oyo axis have also threatened that they will join the demonstration blocking the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on May 11, 2022, to demand a stop to the strike measures.
Ezenagu promised that every day for more than three hours, all federal roads would be closed, airports would be closed, and the country’s economy would be halted until the campuses were reopened and students could resume their classes.
He claimed it was callous for ASUU to go on a warning strike for over three months while the Federal Government did nothing to fix it, instead claiming that politicians are frolicking about “playing politics while the students are in misery at home.”
We’ve decided that we must take control of our own fates. NANS’ leadership has decided that no political activities, particularly party primaries in Abuja and other parts of the country, will take place. The protests are taking place across the Federation’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“When your house is on fire, you can’t be a hunting game.” What is governance, exactly? Government is about meeting people’s needs and ensuring their well-being. ASUU cannot go on strike for three months while the government does nothing to end it.
“The nationwide demonstrations began today (Tuesday) in nearly eleven states. It began in the University of Lagos, and now it is spreading to other universities. All federal agencies will be blocked.
What is the cause of ASUU’s strike?
On February 14, 2022, ASUU began a one-month warning strike to demand that the federal government honor the 2009 accord.
The FG’s agreement with the union compels the government to invest N200 billion annually for the next five years to the sector’s revitalization. The Federal Government will have to cough out N1 trillion to meet this section of the ASUU demand.
The union also claimed that the administration failed to incorporate promised earned academic allowances in the 2022 budget.
Chris Ngige, a former labor minister who is currently running for president, claims the federal government lacks the resources to meet some of the requests of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).