The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) is going to present its position on the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday, its president Mr Yinka Gbadebo announced today. Meanwhile, NANS has been calling all parties involved in the strike to seek a compromise as students were always affected during strikes, he added.
On the implication of the ASUU strike coming when the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) was also protesting, Mr Gbadebo stated it was bad for students to stay at home for long. “The government should at least do something for the unions because they play an important role and in the interest of the nation’s academic future, there should be a compromise. “We are appealing to both unions to look into the plight of the students because the staying at home of the students could do damage to their future, “ he said.
Mr Gbadebo aslo said that athough the demands of the two unions would increase their productivity and welfare, they should take into account the interest of students as well. He stated there should give-and-take from both the government and the unions in resolving the problems.
ASUU had directed its members to go on an indefinite strike nationwide since Monday. The strike is a protest against the inability of the Federal Government to implement some of the issues contained in a 2009 agreement it had with the union. ASUU also said the government had reneged on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it entered into with the union in December 2011. ASUP has been on strike over a range of issues since April.