The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has been asked to get its facts right concerning the lingering strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The students’ body had condemned ASUU for prolonging the strike despite certain concessions made by the Federal Government and had threatened to drag the varsity lecturers to court for keeping students at home for more than three months.
The chairman of ASUU, Kogi State University chapter, Sylvester Ukwuteno weekend said NANS was ignorant and insisted that the strike will not be called off until all the decisions contained in the 2009 agreement are implemented.
“We want people to know that the Federal Government is deceiving Nigerians and that ASUU will not go back to the classroom until public universities across the country are revitalized. NANS members are talking based on ignorance because the strike is not just about welfare. We are poor people like other Nigerians, who do not have money to send their children to private universities, but infrastructure in public schools are dilapidated. We have resolved that until our agreement is honoured, the strike would not be called off. We have to fight now to save the future of children of the poor,” he said.
Mr. Ukwuteno added: “It is better to delay the system than to allow public education system in the country to collapse. We believe posterity will not forgive us if we fail to act now. Agreement is a covenant that must be honoured”.