By Funmilayo Adeyemi, Abuja.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for immediate resolution to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The newly elected President of NANS, Umar Faruq-Lawal, made the call in Abuja while addressing journalists on the strike.
Faruq-Lawal called on ASUU to return to the negotiation table and re-open public universities across the country.
He also announced plans by the association to protest against the eight-month-old strike, saying the industrial action had brought untold hardship on the students, parents and the economy of Nigerians.
Besides, the president said that the association had introduced the “Academic Reforms Struggle”, in honour of one of its deceased officials, in order to generate discourse on educational developments in the country.
Faruq-Lawal said: “The only thing I will say is that ASUU and Federal Government should return to negotiation table and resolve all the issues amicably and reopen our campuses.
“It’s not the students that pay the salaries of the lecturers, it’s the Federal Government; so, we don’t have capacity to advise government nor our lecturers, we can only insist that both of them return to negotiation table,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Senate President of NANS, Adediwura Adeshina, said that the student leaders would hold a meeting to decide on the day to hold the protest.
“In the next 24 hours, the President of NANS will meet with legitimately elected SUG presidents of all university campuses.
“And we will take decision on the date we will storm the Federal Ministry of Education.
“We are not going with thugs but students that have their I.D (identity) cards,” he said.