ASUU Strike: NANS urges state universities to resume academic activities

ASUU Strike: NANS urges state universities to resume academic activities
The Academic Staff Union of Universities' "total and indefinite strike" has been denounced by the National Association of Nigerian Students as "unpatriotic and evil," and the association has urged state-owned universities to resume classes.

Sunday Asefon, the president of NANS, said as much in a statement on Wednesday.

Asefon claimed that ASUU's decision to extend the strike after six months was simple because they continue to hold employment at numerous private universities around the nation..

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.

Newsmen had reported that ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, said in a statement on Monday that the National Executive Council of the union in Abuja “resolved to transmute the roll-over strike to a comprehensive, total and indefinite strike action beginning from 12.01 a.m. on Monday, 29th August 2022.”

Osodeke said the union has endured a “lot of deceit of the highest level in the last five and half years as the Federal Government of Nigeria engaged ASUU in fruitless and unending negotiation without a display of utmost fidelity”.

ASUU embarked on strike on February 14, 2022, over a number of issues including the non-payment of Revitalization Fund and Earned Academic Allowances as well as the non-adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
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