NANS threatens mass protest if ASUU resumes strike

Sunday Asefon NANS president

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) says its members will embark on a mass protest if the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resumes its suspended strike.

NANS President Sunday Asefon stated this on Thursday, saying it was ridiculous for the union to threaten fresh strike if the Federal Government does not meet its end of the bargain.

“It is a slap on us for ASUU to say they are calling off the strike conditionally. If they call it off conditionally, we will also put on hold our plan to engage the Federal Government and ASUU on mass action. But if they also resume their strike, we will also go to the streets, if that is the only language they understand, we will speak it to them,” Asefon told PUNCH.

He also urged the Federal Government to be “committed to fulfilling its agreement with ASUU while ASUU must be wary to go on strike. ASUU must seek to exhaust every window of alternative resolution before deciding on industrial actions.”

Asefon said future negotiations between ASUU and the government must involve students’ representatives.