ASUU Strike: NANS Hints On Shutting Down The Airport And Nation
Nigerian students, who are organized under the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), vowed yesterday to shut down the nation’s airspace in protest over the ongoing closure of colleges.
In order to voice their displeasure over the ongoing dispute between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government, which has resulted in the closure of universities for more than six months, students have already organized four significant protests on major highways across the nation.
The Chairman of the NANS National Task Force on #EndAsuuStrikeNow, Raymond Ojo, who also led other student leaders to engage with the press, underlined the importance of proper funding for education while addressing a global news conference in Akure yesterday.
Due to the ASUU strike and subsequent student protests, the students criticized the federal and state governments for being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians and condemned their lack of concern for their plight.
The students also criticized Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works, for calling their demonstrations illegal, saying Fashola’s opinions embody “an illegal utterance befitting of only rabble-rousers and political irritants…”
“We are here to inform all Nigerian students and the general public that we shall begin another round of protest next week by storming the airspace on Monday, 19th September 2022 to #OccupyTheAirports.
“We want to let the world know about the pains and anguish students are going through. Nigerian students whose parents create the commonwealth cannot continue to be suffering at home alongside our lecturers, while the few who gain from our sweats and blood have their kids abroad jollying and flexing.
“We will, by this statement, not beg again. We shall be mobilising all students to shut down the country. No Education! No Movement! Fund education now.”
They said “The minister’s outburst is also another evidence that the Buhari government hates real educational development. They are never apologetic and are hell-bent on destroying every remnant of state welfare that is left.
“They prefer to kill the public schools instead of revamping them. Nigerian students are not surprised that the Buhari-led government does not care about public education. After all, all the politicians have their kids schooling abroad, while children of the masses that constitute 99 per cent of the population are only fit to be thugs, hard workers, and sex slaves. We dare say that this cruelty will not continue anymore.”
In order to accomplish their goal of ensuring that a state of emergency is declared in the educational sector, the student body made an appeal to the national leadership of ASUU to collaborate with them.
“We pass a vote of no confidence on both ministers of labour, education, and works. We call on the Buhari government to pay all outstanding arrears and salaries of the lecturers. The policy of “no work no pay” is a fascist one. It is, therefore, condemnable and non-acceptable to all the millions of students in Nigeria,” the student leaders said.