NANS demands end to UniAbuja ASUU strike

The national leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for an end to the strike action by a section of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Abuja chapter.

A statement yesterday by the National President of NANS, Comrade Lucky Emonefe, urged the striking teachers to see reason and resume work immediately.

Emonefe said it is sad that ASUU always ignores the interests and plight of Nigerian students and parents before choosing their actions.

The NANS President commended lecturers who are members of the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA) and the Congress of Nigerian Universities Academics (CONUA) for rejecting the strike.

He also commended the Committee on University Education of the House of Representatives for its swift intervention in the matter and its call for the striking teachers to return to work, adding that all men and women of good will should be concerned about the strike and the action of the teachers.

Emonefe said NANS will support the Federal Government and the management of the University of Abuja if they take appropriate steps and measures to end the strike.

He said: “Our position is that the time is gone when the staff of tertiary institutions (both teaching and non-teaching staff) would so arrogantly push aside the instruments and refuse to work, rather than engage in dialogue and address complaints in the to resolve disputes. The lack of sensitivity and respect for students, parents and the education system is unacceptable and unbecoming for an otherwise union of intellectuals who should have known better. Strike action in our institutions only disrupts, derails and destroys, but never addresses problems.”