The National Association of Nigerian Students said that its members would start a mass protest if the University Academic Staff Union continues its just-suspended strike.
The president of NANS, Sunday Asefon, said this in an exclusive interview with PUNCH on Thursday.
He said it was embarrassing and ridiculous that ASUU was threatening a new strike after losing nine months of Nigerian students ’academic time.
Asefon said, “We are slapped for ASUU to say that they are conditionally ending the strike. If they conditionally cancel it, we will also put on hold our plan to engage the Federal Government and ASUU in mass action. But if they continue to strike, we will also take to the streets, if that is the only language they understand, we will talk to them. “
PUNCH earlier it was reported that ASUU national president Biodun Ogunyemi, on Wednesday in Abuja, “conditionally” suspended his nine-month strike after a long delay in negotiations between the federal government and lecturers.
Ogunyemi, who said the strike suspension would take effect on Thursday, December 24, 2020, also warned that the union would continue industrial action without notice if the government did not fulfill its part of the agreement.
But the NANS president said, “We should never repeat this strike again and stakeholders must commit to ensuring that this ugly scenario does not happen again.”
He also called on the federal government to “commit to fulfilling its agreement with ASUU, while ASUU must be careful to go on strike. ASUU must strive to exhaust every window of alternative solution before deciding on industrial action.”
“Future negotiations must include a student representative, because we believe it will bring a sense of urgency to the table, as the parties will be forced to realize that students across the country are grass when the ASUU and FG elephants fight,” Asefon said.