NANS decries FG’s failure to resolve NASUU crisis
The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has expressed disappointment over the poor handling of the Non Academic Staff Unions of Universities, NASUU, strike by Ministries of Education, and Labour and Employment.
In a communique issued at the end of its 74th national senate meeting/pre-convention in Minna, Niger State, last week, the student body noted that poor crisis management by the federal agencies has failed to resolve the crisis.
NANS lamented that the NASUU nationwide strike has hindered academic activities and disrupted the academic calendar, calling for immediate resumption of negotiations with the aggrieved union to ensure that the strike is called off on time.
The students also called for the removal of Adamu Adamu and Chris Ngige as ministers of Education and Labour respectively on the ground of incompetency and negligence of duty if they failed to resolve the crisis in the next week.
“The Senate frowns at autocratic tendency of University of Benin management who in their abuse of office and gross violation of fundamental human rights which guarantee freedom of expression on the absurd expulsion of 5 student leaders of the University to include Student Union President who are under oath to protect the interest of Nigerian Students of the university who elected them as leaders.
“The university authority is advised strongly to revisit / reverse her decision on or before 7 working days starting from Monday 5th February, 2018 or be expecting the relocation of NANS National Secretariat to University of Benin which may be more costly for Vice Chancellor and the management team.
“The Senate demands the urgent reopening of all Oyo state own tertiary institutions that are on strike for months now, as a matter of national peace and state of rest in Oyo state, while demanding the Executive Governor of Oyo state to do the needful to bring back the striking lecturers to work or be ready to take up teaching job as Nigerian students from the affected institutions shall resume class with learning materials in Government House Ibadan on 19th February, 2018 should the strike persist,” the communique read in part.