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News Updated: November 15, 2023

NANS condemns ASUU for joining NLC strike

By Deborah Oyewole
November 15, 2023
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The Nigerian Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has knocked the management of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for the decision to join the ongoing strike.

The indefinite nationwide strike was declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) following the recent assault on the NLC’s National President, Joe Ajaero, in Imo State.

Reacting to the strike action, a statement signed by Vice President External Affairs of NANS, Babatunde Akinteye, and made available to newsmen, condemned the decision made by NLC and TUC, describing it as disheartening. 

“We, at the Nigerian Association of Nigerian Students National Headquarters, express our profound resentment and disappointment at the recent decision of the Nigeria Labour Congres and the Trade Union Congress to embark on a nationwide strike,” the statement read in part.

NAN also stated that the involvement of ASUU in the strike would further threaten the university system calendar which had already experienced several industrial actions.

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“Furthermore, the decision of the ASUU to join the strike is particularly disheartening.

“The academic calendar has already been severely impacted, and the addition of another strike further jeopardises the educational sector, which is already grappling with numerous challenges.

The statement added: “It is disheartening to witness the leadership of these unions prioritising strikes over constructive dialogue. Moreover, the fact that ASUU, representing university staff, has already joined the strike raises concerns about the broader impact on the educational sector.”

“This strike not only disrupts the normalcy of citizens but also sets a dangerous precedent for conflict resolution. We urge the NLC/TUC leadership to reconsider their stance and engage in more constructive avenues to address their concerns without causing undue harm to the general populace.

“It is with a heavy heart that we, as the apex student body in the country, address the irrationality, disregard for the court of law, and apparently misplaced priority demonstrated in this action.”

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Deborah Oyewole

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