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ASUU strike: NANS threatens to occupy Ministry

The National Association of Nigerian Students NANS, has commenced mobilization of Students from public universities across the country to occupy the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja over the lingering ASUU strike.

Factional President of NANS Comrade Umar Faruk Lawal who stated this at a news briefing on Thursday in Abuja, said the patience of Nigerian students’ have been stretched beyond limits.

Comrade Lawal called on the Federal Government to resolve, within a few days, the prolonged, ASUU, strike or face mass action by students.

He said, “Academic Staff Union (ASUU) has been on strike for almost eight months, the academic calendar cannot be used as a parameter for years of studies anymore, as students keep suffering from the long-term effect of the strike. The Nigerian students’ patience has been stretched beyond its limit and they have resolved to liberate themselves from the recurring effect of the industrial action by ASUU”.

“Federal Government through Ministry of Education should within few working days resolve the lingering ASUU strike. As we shall mobilize our students towards occupying the Ministry of Education until our demands are met,” he said.

NANS also urged the federal government to set visitation panels to address issues of all politically expelled and rusticated students, as well as increase budgetary allocation for the education sector.

NANS Senate President, Adediwura Adeshina, said the association would meet with student leaders across the country to ensure that arrangements were made as regards the planned protest at the federal Ministry of Education.

Reporting by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Julian Osamoto & Annabel Nwachukwu