Strike: Students Vow To Disrupt Campaigns, Movement, As ASUU Moves To Appeal Judgment

Strike: Students Vow To Disrupt Campaigns, Movement, As ASUU Moves To Appeal Judgment

Students of tertiary institutions have expressed dissatisfaction with yesterday’s National Industrial Court’s ruling that striking university lecturers must return to their classrooms, warning that the only thing that would resolve this matter is for Government to conclude negotiations with ASUU.

“Either court rules in favour or against ASUU, the students will not relent in our resolve to disrupt  public movements, including campaigns if our lecturers are not back to classrooms”, report quoted Raymond Ojo, as saying in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Ojo, the Chairman of NANS National Taskforce on #EndASUUStrikeNow, said the judgment will not stop the students from showing their solidarity with their lecturers’ quest for a better tertiary education in Nigeria.

This is even as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reportedly resolved to appeal Wednesday’s ruling of the National Industrial Court which ordered the union to suspend its seven-month-old strike and return to the classroom.

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), while reacting to the judgment openly showed solidary for their lecturers.

Soon after the judgment, NANS said except the government acceded to ASUU’s demands, it would continue to mobilise its members nationwide to obstruct free flow of traffic in major Nigerian cities.

In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the Chairman of NANS National Taskforce on #EndASUUStrikeNow, Raymond Ojo, said: “NANS will continue to ground all the nation’s public assets from roads to airports, including Nigeria Ports Authority if the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, fail to resolve with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in no distant time.

“Our blocking of access to public roads and ports is just a warning. If the government fails to conclude all the negotiation and agreement with ASUU within the frame of two weeks, they will witness more protests and rallies all over the country.

“They will also witness the annoyance, anger and frustration of Nigerian students who have been at home for the past seven months. As we promise them that we will not allow any political campaign to hold across the country until we are back to class.

“This government has pushed so many Nigerian students into depression. We say enough is enough; we can no longer bear the brunt from this avoidable crisis in our nation’s public ivory towers again”.