The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) factional President, Haruna Kadiri, led his group on a protest to the Ministry of Education, Abuja in preparation for the Thursday’s meeting with the Federal government over the ASUU strike where he stated that students bore the brunt of a labour dispute between university lecturers and government.
In his speech where he noted that the strike make Federal and State University graduates unattractive to the labour market which he said often preferred graduates from private universities who concluded their academic programmes within a stipulated time.
According to Kadiri, “We are here to demand to know when the strike would be called off. The government has not been tackling the issues that led to the strike, but politicising them and dividing the ranks of the lecturers.”
The student faction which gathered in the Ministry of Education Abuja ended their deliberations with a two-week ultimatum for the against the long lasting strike.
“We are issuing a two-week ultimatum for the strike to be resolved. If after the ultimatum, the FG and ASUU didn’t resolve the strike, the next protest will not be peaceful. We would carry out civil unrest and we are ready to be detained in the guardroom.”
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, who addressed the students, assured them that the government was working to resolve the crisis.