The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has directed university students across the country, to join the solidarity protest planned by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) for the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The NLC’s planned solidarity protest was described as an appropriate action that would add serious traction to efforts being intensified to end the strike.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, and the Central Working Committee of the labour union had last week unanimously agreed to join ASUU in solidarity protest to end the strike for the reopening of the nation’s public universities.
Branding the NLC’s action as a right step in the right direction, the NANS’ National President, Sunday Asefon, in a statement in Ado Ekiti Wednesday, assured Nigerians that students would mobilise for the success of the protest.
Asefon said the closure of the country’s public universities in the last four months had done incalculable damage to the country’s future and image in the eye of the international community.
He added that it sounds so disturbing that students, who were to be engaged in academic work are now predisposed to all manners of criminalities due to the closure.
“On behalf of members of NANS, I wish to commend the national leadership of the NLC for their steadfastness and commitment to join forces with well-meaning Nigerians to advocate the end of the protracted ASUU strike.
“While NANS has organised various protests in the past with no substantial results, also our advocacy and consultation have not yielded any desirable result. We have activated a political solution and we are very hopeful that an end is in the purview.
“However, we are in total support of the planned protest by NLC, as we believe this will stem up the advocacy and assist in no mean measure to put adequate pressure on the federal government to do all that is required to stop the strike.
“I, therefore, direct all NANS structures across the country to mobilise and join NLC protest. NANS will only be involved in the mobilisation of students to the protest sites and will act based on the direction provided by the NLC.
“The NANS’ structures across the country shall submit to the leadership of NLC all through the protest.
“Once again, I commend NLC and its leadership for their thoughtfulness and solidarity at this critical time”, he said.