NATIONAL Association of University Students (NAUS) has threatened with a threat to embark on another protest to shut down the secretariat of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), if the striking lecturers continue to remain adamant in making a shift in their demand and resolve that the federal government should implement the agreement earlier reached with the ASUU before they can suspend the10-month-old industrial action.
National Deputy President of NAUS, Salihu Muhammed, revealed this in an interview with the press in Awka.
He argued that the federal government had accepted and started implementing the demands of ASUU following a series of protests by the NAUS, but wondered why ASUU should continue to postpone resumption of schools, accusing the striking lecturers of holding the average Nigerian students hostage over nine months now.
Muhammed said, “we have staged three protests as regards the strike and these forced the federal government to come to a negotiating table with the ASUU and finally yearned to the ASUU’s demands. Recently, the federal government said that they had released over half N70billion to the ASUU.
“If the federal government can stoop to compromise their stand, why should ASUU not accept that and call off their strike? Initially, ASUU said that they’re going to call off the strike; later on, they said they may not call off the strike until February.
This will actually prompt us to embark in another protest to shut down ASUU’s secretariat; because the strike is actually a setback to average Nigerian students; ASUU is holding us hostage for 10 months now; but most of their children are studying abroad. Some of them who are in Nigeria, are in private universities,” he complained.
He, however, appealed to the ASUU passionately to consider the plight of average Nigerian students to make some sacrifice for their sake, saying, “we, the students, have suffered it most; most of our luggage in the hostels are condemned; our house rents are expired and landlord swill soon demand for another rents.”