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  • Updated: June 24, 2024

Planned strike: Nigerian students appeal to ASUU, FG to shift ground

Planned strike: Nigerian students appeal to ASUU, FG to shif

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has urged both the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to collaborate and avoid any disruptions to the academic calendar.

Henry Okunomo, the NANS senate president, emphasized during a news briefing in Akure on Sunday the need for immediate and decisive action from the federal government to avert any potential strikes and maintain stability in the educational sector.

“We are counting on the government to act decisively and with a sense of urgency to prevent the devastating impact of another strike,” said Okunomo.

“We appeal to our lecturers to also embrace dialogue and shift ground where necessary to avoid collapse of the education system,” he added.

ASUU had issued a three-week ultimatum to the federal government over some outstanding demands.

Okunomo urged President Bola Tinubu to allocate sufficient resources to the educational sector to improve infrastructure, provide necessary teaching aids, and ensure timely payment of salaries and benefits to lecturers.

He said establishing a continuous platform for dialogue between the government, university administrators and lecturers to address grievances before escalation was important to prevent academic disruption.

“We are all acutely aware of the recurring disruptions caused by strikes in our universities.

“These strikes, often due to unresolved issues between university lecturers and the government, have profound and far-reaching consequences on the educational journey of countless students.

“We, the students, are the primary stakeholders in this situation. Our voices, hopes, and futures hang in the balance,” said, Okunomo.

He concluded that it would be disastrous for university lecturers to shut down the universities with industrial action when the country is battling economic hardship.

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