President of NANS, Sunday Adedayo addressing newsmen at the Sokoto State Government House.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued a one-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to resolve its disagreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) or face national mass action by students across the country.
NANS President Sunday Adedayo made the demand on Monday in Sokoto shortly after signing the reviewed Constitution of the association at the Sokoto State Government House.
Mr Adedayo said the Student’s Union has given the Federal Government and ASUU between today, February 21, and Monday, February 28 to resolve the issue.
He described as unfortunate the attitude of a succession of Governments at the centre, who he accused of playing hide and seek with ASUU since 1999 when they signed the agreement with the academic union.
Mr Adedayo said the government has not done enough to upgrade the education system at the primary and secondary levels, adding that NANS was not going to allow the downward spiral to continue.
Speaking earlier, Governor Tambuwal appealed to ASUU to find a way of resolving their disagreement without embarking on strike action.
Governor Tambuwal also called on the Federal Government to find a means to meet ASUU halfway, despite the fact the country is facing economic challenges.
He advised the academic union to find a way of resolving crises without always resorting to strike action, which, he said, has badly affected the academic pursuits of Nigerian students.
NANS is in Sokoto for its constitutional review conference where the association reviewed its forty years Constitution at the Sokoto State University.
NANS’ reviewed Constitution was signed at the Sokoto State Government House in the presence of Sokoto State governor Aminu Tambuwal.