Strike Extension: Students Blame Federal Government, ASUU

Protesting students yesterday condemned the action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU of extending its three-month-old strike by another 12 weeks. They also attributed the act by ASUU to Federal Government’s failure to agree to the union’s demands.

The students have threatened a blockade of major airports and federal highways ahead of presidential primaries slated for May 28 to 29 by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and May 31 to June 1 by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS had on Monday embarked on peaceful protests in Lagos and Benin to register their annoyance over the strike that had kept them at home for over 80 days before its extension.

NANS also declared today as a National Day of Action to test-run for three hours, the planned shutdown of the airports and highways in all the states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

The student’s body however pleaded with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Trade Union Congress, TUC and Civil Society Organisations to join them “to savage the remaining crackers of our public tertiary education.”

NANS President, Sunday Asefon in a statement explained that the National Action Day tagged “Operation Test Run” shall be held in all the 36 states with federal roads occupied for a minimum of three hours.