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NANS to ASUU: Consider FG’s recent offer, call off strike

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The Senate President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Abu Mohammed, has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to call off its strike.

Speaking with newsmen in Minna on Thursday, Mr Mohammed said the strike has caused an unquantifiable setback to the university system in the country.

Mr Mohammed, who lamented the negative impact of the strike on students, urged ASUU to consider the recent offer made to it by the federal government and return to the classroom.

Recall that ASUU began an indefinite nationwide strike on November 5 after a breakdown in negotiation with the Federal Government on the need to fund the university appropriately.

The negotiation resumed on December 4, as the representatives of both parties began to shift grounds from their earlier hard-line positions.

It will also be recalled that NANS embarked on a strike on Nov. 4 to protest the poor funding of universities and non-implementation of the previous agreements with ASUU.

Mr Mohammed noted that it would not augur well for the country if the students continued to remain at home, adding that ‘an idle mind is a devil’s workshop’.

The students’ leader said: “we urge ASUU members to call off the more than two months old strike, even as they can continue to pursue their demands with the federal government”.

He said that the use of strike always in the education sub-sector must be discouraged, adding that the routine action was eating deep into the academic profile of the country.

Mr Mohammed is a postgraduate student of the Institute of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, an affiliate of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, IBB, University Lapai, Niger State.

NAN

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