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#ASUU Strike: NANS To Meet Buhari’s Ministers Over Keyamo’s ‘No Money’ Comment

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NAN) has set to engage the President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers, Chris Ngige, and Adamu Adamu, over alleged comment of Fetus Keyamo that the Federal Government has no money to meet the demands of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

This was disclosed by Comrade Odiahi Thomas Ikhine, NANS Vice President (Special Duties), at a news conference on Monday, August 8, 2022, in Abuja.

According to him, the students were dissatisfied with remarks attributed to Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, that the government lacked the resources to meet ASUU’s demands.

Festus Keyamo during an interview on Channels TV stated that it was unrealistic for the Federal Government to borrow about N1.1trn to end the months-long strike embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

He asked parents to beg ASUU members to return to classes because the federal government would not borrow money to meet the demands of the lecturers.

Recall, the ongoing ASUU strike began on February 14, 2022, before Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Allied Educational Institutions (NASU) National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) joined.

Some of the demands date back to the unimplemented 2009 agreement the Federal Government had with the union.

Ikhine stated that the NANS leadership would meet with Adamu and Ngige to get a better understanding of the circumstance after President Buhari ordered an end to the strike within two weeks.

He further emphasized that NANS did not demand the dismissal of Governor Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

He promised that the students would not give up on getting thing done the proper way.

“On the issue of ASUU strike, we as an organisation have been doing our best. We have been able to pressure the government and just recently the NLC called for a protest and we joined them. As it is, we are not relenting.

“We, therefore, wish to dissociate ourselves and the name of our organization from the unpatriotic call for the sack of the CBN Governor. It is our belief that the CBN Governor needed to be given moral support,” Ikhine explained.

He added, “We call on security agencies to do their best in bringing impostors who go about heating polity and engaging in actions capable of affecting national security and stability to book, especially at this time of fragile national security experience.”


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