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#Breaking: NANS President Declares ASUU Indefinite Act As Unpatriotic & Wicked.

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged state-owned universities to resume academic activities, describing the “total and indefinite strike” declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities as “unpatriotic and wicked”, Headlinenews.news report.

NANS President, Sunday Asefon, stated this in a statement issued to journalists on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

Recall, that since February 14, 2022, there have been no academic activities in public universities in the country due to the ongoing ASUU strike.

The union is demanding the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

Last week, the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu said the Federal Government had addressed most of the union’s demands including the release of N50b for the payment of earned allowances for academic and non-academic and non-academic staff of universities but said the that the union will not be paid the arrears of the strike period.

The union has also insisted on not calling off the lingering strike until the arrears are settled.

Following the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday, August 27, 2022, the six-month-old strike was declared to be total and indefinite.

Reacting, to the indefinite strike declared by ASUU on Wednesday, Asefon alleged that the decision to extend the industrial action after six months was easy for ASUU because they keep employment at various private universities around the country.

He said, “We have taken the time to review the decision of ASUU to declare an indefinite strike after the ongoing six-month strike. We consider the decision not only unpatriotic, unnecessary but wicked and definitely not in the interest of our nation nor the tertiary education system in Nigeria.”

“We call on State Government to forthwith liaise with Vice-Chancellors of state institutions to announce the resumption of academic activities and grant the Vice-Chancellors authority to enforce the resumption as state universities should never have joined the strike in the first place,” Asefon added.

The NANS President urged ASUU leadership in state institutions to toe the path of honour and called off the strike.

Meanwhile, the union has said its struggle to save the public varsities in the country.

The union, in a statement, on Monday, by its president, Emmanuel Osodeke, said it was compelled to carry out the action because it has “experienced a lot of deceit of the highest level in the last five and half years” from the federal government.

The statement which titled “ASUU strikes are to save public universities”, partly read:”The National Executive Council (NEC) noted with pains, its concerns for Nigerian students who are also our wards and foster children and condemned Government’s seeming indifference to their plights.

“The Union empathizes with the students, their parents, as well as other stakeholders (including our colleagues who are undertaking their higher degrees) in the universities. ASUU reaffirms its belief in the sanctity of a stable academic system. Were it within our control, our universities would never have been shut for one day! However, ASUU was forced into taking this painful decision to prevent members of the Nigerian Children from the ruling class and their foreign collaborators from further destroying whatever is left of our public universities.

We are all victims. We need the understanding, solidarity, and sacrifices of all to ensure that every qualified Nigerian youth who cannot afford the cost of private university education or foreign studies has unhindered access to quality university education. ASUU strikes are aimed at saving public education, and ensuring that Governments (Federal and State) use our common patrimony to support quality public university education. This is our collective obligation,” it said.

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