In what appears as a strong warning to the Nigerian authorities and the Academic staff Union of nigerian Universities, the National Association of Nigerian students, NANS, has given the parties a two-week ultimatum to reach a compromise on the ASUU? Government imbroglio or face a nationwide student protests.
Rising from a meeting of the body held on the 9th of November 2020, the students body came up with the following resolution as signed by its national officers:
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS NANS under the leadership of Comr. Chidi Ilogebe, summoned an emergency students’ leaders meeting, with the sole aim of fashioning collective views and way Forward approach to the lingering Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) prolonged strike.
The meeting had in attendance the NANS president, members of NANS National Executive Council, Senate President, Principal Officers of the NANS Senate, Zonal Coordinators, JCC Chairmen, Selected SUG Presidents and Some Prominent Students’ Leaders from the six geopolitical zones of the federation.
The meeting after exhaustive discussions, heated debates and constructive arguments considering the legitimacy and validity of ASUU demands and the Federal Government response and position thus far, resolved as follows:
1. That NANS declares the necessity of minimum of two academic session school fees waiver for Nigerian students in both State and Federal Institutions in the spirit of Covid-19 palliative to ameliorate the economic effects of the lockdown occasioned by the global pandemic to avert mass drop out of students which may increase crime and criminality among youths in the country.
2. That the government has failed to prioritize education, hence the failure to deploy necessary fund for complete overhauling of education sector and total revitalization of university education in Nigeria, through a meaningful budgetary allocation to the sector in line with the recommendation of UNESCO 26% educational budgetary allocation, which can be traced as the root cause of incessant strike by the Academic Staff Union(s) in all Nigeria Tertiary Institutions.
3. That NANS has affirmed the perpetual and continue industrial actions by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) as the only tool to press home her demands as an organized crime against students’ career and educational pursuits. Consequently, NANS with no hesitation declares *14 days Ultimatum* for both parties (ASUU and FG) to resolve their impasse for our campuses to re-open or risk *Mass Protest* * # EndASUUStrike * Nationwide with economic shut down as the major target.
4. That While both Government and ASUU lose nothing at the end of every strike actions, both salaries, promotions and other emoluments among others flows uninterrupted; Nigerian students are the greatest losers as their career stand delayed, Stay on Campus Extended, House Rent/Hostel Fee Incurred, NYSC age limit Exceeded, Federal/State Job age requirement exceeded among other negative effects and impacts on general life plan of an average Nigerian student which are considered an act of deliberate wickedness.
5. That NANS, on behalf of Nigerian students shall approach the Federal High Court to seek legal redress on ASUU and FG in demand for compensation/Damages for Nigerians students’ time wastage, life plan disruption and career delay. These shall include; Mandatory Alternative Modalities for ASUU to press home her members’ demand without interrupting academic calendar; NYSC age limit extension, mandatory removal of age limit for Federal and State job employment, unconditional two academic session school fees waiver and among others respectively.
6. That the leadership of NANS, lead by Comr. Chidi Ilogebe will proceed to have a press conference to address Nigeria students, Federal Government and ASUU on our positions and next line of action as resolved therein.
-Amb Salahudeen A Lukman (Comr) Chairman Communiqué Drafting Committee.
-Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
-Comr. Danladi JonahVice Chairman, Communique Drafting Committee
-Modibo Adama Federal University Yola, Adamawa State
-Comrade Ogunsanya Rasheed, JCC Chairman Lagos
-Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Noforija-Epe, Lagos State, Member.
-Comr. Nwafor Joshua (JP)
=Comr. Nwafor Joshua (JP)
=Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.Member
-Rt. Comr. Adai Pius, SUG President, Federal University of Agriculture Markidi (FUAM), Benue State. Member
-Rukkayya Yusuf, ABU Zaria,Kaduna State, Member
~ Comr. Chidi Ilogebe, NANS PRESIDENT