NANS Appeals To ASUU To Suspend Strike

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has pleaded with the striking lecturers of public universities to reconsider their approach to redressing grievances.

The apex students’ body said it will meet with the striking lecturers on Monday, next week on the issue.

The National Public Relations Officer of NANS, Bestman Okereafor, in a statement issued in Enugu, recalled that previous strikes instead of yielding the desired results, have impacted negatively on the university education.

NANS urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which organized the strike, to suspend the action for a meaningful dialogue with the Presidency.

It also pleaded with the Presidency to honour the 2009 agreement signed with ASUU or engage ASUU in a dialogue to review the agreement.

The statement read: “We are trying to meet with education stakeholders as well as ASUU to put the agitating issues on the table to see which ones we can plead with ASUU to suspend for now and the ones we can engage the Federal Government on.

“As much as we are not in support of strike, we are not telling ASUU out-rightly that it is wrong for them to go on strike. You don’t flog a man and tell him not to cry.

“We are also pleading with the Federal Government to be responsible enough to meet the demands that they have reached over time since 2009.

“Agreed, it is not this present government that reached that agreement, but government is a continuum; so it is expected that government should have sat down with ASUU to review the agreement and agree on certain things.

“We are planning to engage them on Monday, Aug. 21. Let us sit down collectively and find a way out.”

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