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Nigerian Students, NANS Vows To Ground Political Campaigns Nationwide Over Seven-Month University Lecturers’ Strike

September 21, 2022

The campaigns for the presidential election will start from September 28, exactly one week today.

The National Association of Nigerian Students on Wednesday vowed to disrupt political campaigns billed to start later this month in driving home their point for the Federal Government to end the ongoing strike.
The campaigns for the presidential election will start from September 28, exactly one week today.
The umbrella body of the Nigerian students in continuation of its protest against the continued ASUU strike, had warned that it would ground the Nigerian Ports Authority and Third Mainland Bridge if the strike was not called off.
The students had protested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Monday, which led to cancellation of flights. They however, vowed that the Monday's protest was only a child's play to what would come unless the federal government accedes to ASUU demands and resolved the strike.
The umbrella body of the lecturers, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had embarked on warning strike on February 14 to demand the President Muhammadu Buhari led-Federal Government to implement the FG/ASUU 2009 Agreement on how to fund university education.
The strike has rolled over and has lasted for over seven months, while the public universities have remained shut.
The government has since said that it lacks the financial resources to implement the agreement and is begging the lecturers to return to classroom for the interest of the country and children who were out of school.
Since then, there have been protests and condemnation against government nonchalant attitude towards resolving all the issues.
SaharaReporters had reported that Chairman, NANS National Taskforce on #EndASUUStrikeNow, Ojo Raymond, said they were ready to go on a week-long protest till the Federal Government implement its demands on the resolution of the strike action.
Ojo said, “For the past few days, we have been protesting simultaneously round the states of the country to protest the continued ASUU strike which has lasted over seven months as a result of the ‘crass irresponsibility’ of the Federal Government to fulfil the terms of the agreement they willingly signed with ASUU.
“As an association, we are saddened by this development which has resulted in the closure of universities. And, this act, we believe, is deliberate by the Federal Government to deny the children of the common Nigerian access to quality education which violates the provisions of Chapter two of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
“We are using this medium to reiterate that this protest continues and that we will not for any reason back down until the Federal Government takes the educational sector as a priority. It is quite pathetic that the Federal Government is making use of the armed forces to quench a genuine struggle of Nigerian students despite the fact that these officers are also victims of the system whose children are also affected the same way we are.
“Today’s protest at Muritala Muhammed International Airport (Domestic and International wings) is just a preamble of what is to come in days ahead. And, we are informing the general public and the international community to pay serious attention to this struggle because we have been duly informed of the plan of the Federal Government to mobilise heavily against this protest. This was even witnessed today as anti-riot police officers and men of the Air Force were mobilised to attack us not until they were prevented by the mass of Nigerian students.
“We maintain that this protest shall last a week here in Lagos State and would be held simultaneously at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Nigerian Ports Authority and the third mainland bridge until our demands are met."