NANS

After almost two months of near silence,the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) finally woke up from their slumber and has given the Federal Government and ASUU one week ultimatum to end the prolong industrial action. Only recently,FG had claimed that ASUU had been infiltrated by the opposition,i guess it's safe to say that NANS seems to have taken sides or could it be that they too had been infiltrated.

Peeved by almost two-month old strike
by the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU), the National
Association of Nigerian Students (NANS),
yesterday issued a one-week ultimatum
to the Federal Government and the
union’s leadership to resolve their
differences or face serious consequences.
The students said if the impasse was not
resolved within the next seven days, it
will mobilise students on a nation-wide
riot in what it described as ‘operation
occupy Nigeria’. The students’ body
appealed to ASUU to return to the
classroom and continue negotiation with
the Federal Government since the latter
claimed to have released over N100
billion for infrastructural development and
another N30 billion for allowances. This
was the highpoint of a protest by the
students who blocked the Asaba end of
the River Niger Bridge to press home
their demands. The protest caused traffic
snarl for several hours as the students
stalled movements to the eastern part of
the country even as those returning were
barred. NANS coordinator in the South-
South and South-East, Comrade Chinonso
Obasi, stated that students were at the
receiving end of the strike and vowed
that they would take their destinies in
their own hands if the parties failed to
reconcile within a week. “We are
appealing to ASUU that since the Federal
Government has been able to release
N100 billion for infrastructural
development and N30 billion for
allowance, they should go back to
classroom and continue their negotiation
or agitation. This is our prayer and wish.
“We are giving them one week to open
the schools or be ready to face corrosive
consequences in form of nation-wide
demonstration and riots. We are ready to
mobilise for that and it will be operation
occupy Nigeria,” he said. Lamenting the
effect of the strike, Obasi said students
have become prone to accidents on the
highways and the female students have
been reduced to s*x hawkers on the
streets. His words: “I stand to tell you
that a lot of accidents have been recorded
and 99.9% of the victims are Nigerian
students. If they were in classrooms, they
would not have fallen victims of road
crashes. “Our female students have
become commercial s*x hawkers on the
streets in order to make ends meet. This
colossal effect is more than what ASUU is
agitating for. Hence, we can no longer
fold our arms and watch things go
wrong.” (SunNewsOnline)

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