NANS Reacts on Ongoing ASUU, COEASU Nationwide Strike

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) said the ongoing ASUU and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) nationwide strike is not at all favouring Nigerian students, appealing to the Federal Government  to devise creative ways of resolving all issues with the unions.

Scooper had reported that ASUU NEC on Sunday declared a nationwide indefinite strike after its meeting at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

The union is protesting poor funding of public universities, non-implementation of the 2009 agreement it entered into with the Federal Government.

It is also protesting alleged government plans to introduce tuition fees and an education bank.

NANS’ National Public Relations Officer, Bestman Okereafor, in a statement on Friday said, “NANS is finally calling on the Federal Government to look at means of resolving its differences with ASUU and COEASU members.

“We appeal that government go into resolving the issue urgently in the best interest of all Nigerian students.

“This should be done without further delay so that the ongoing strike will not affect the academic calendar of the institutions,’’ he said.

Futher, Okereafor said “NANS is already widely consulting with major stakeholders in the education sector about our next step of action on this matter.”

Meanwhile, NANS said it plans to hold its `National Day of Mourning’ in commemoration of the 2018 International Students’ Day.

The International Students’ Day is celebrated every Nov.17.

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