The National Association of Nigerian Students has decided to protest along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to express their displeasure over the unending strike. The association has disclosed its intention to shut down the economy of the country by blocking the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Tuesday.
This was stated in a statement signed by the students’ movement Vice President, External Affairs, Akinteye Babatunde; Public Relations Officer, Giwa Yisa Temitope; Zone D Coordinator, Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji and all South West Joint Campus Committee Chairman represented by Omotosho Surprise of the Ondo axis.
“It beats logic that the government sets up new universities but downplays the welfare of the teachers resulting in a shutdown of universities stretching into over 6 months with no end in sight. A fortnight ago, a university lecturer committed suicide all because of the failure of the government to prioritise his well-being leaving behind 3 kids. The question is, what would be the fate of the kids he left behind?
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“Since the inception of this administration, we have seen how a meagre sum is allocated to the educational sector. It is based on the foregoing that we declare a protest against the prolonged ASUU strike which has ultimately affected the progress of Nigerian students for the past six months. And, we also passed a vote of no confidence on the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, and Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
“The protest shall be held till the strike action is resolved. Convergence point: Lagos-Ibadan Expressway (Sagamu Interchange).”
The Federal government has however dragged the union to court on Monday and the case had been adjourned to September 16. From the reports, the plan is to change the judge sitting over the FG vs ASUU case. Law Professionals and experts who belong to the union alongside some SANs including the popular legal counsel, Femi Falana has stood for ASUU in the court of law.
The Federal Government stated that the Court should give an order that ASUU calls off the 7 month old strike. However, the union is bent on driving home its points and maintaining its stand. NANS however has decided to embark on a protest.