Usman Barambu, the president-elect of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has issued a revised schedule for the organization’s nationwide protest as it increases pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to meet the demands of striking academics.
The protests have been scheduled to take place across all zones with the ultimate protest taking place in Abuja.
According to the program, the protests, which began in September, will continue until October 11, 2022, when Barambu will lead the “Abuja shutdown.”
“You will agree with me that on February 14, 2022, ASUU embarked on an indefinite warning strike which had led to various phases of its strike activities for past seven months, due to ASUU and the Federal Government’s inability to resolve their issues,” Barambu said.
The union leader further listed officials of NANS in each of the zones that will champion the protest activities.
As a result, he directed that all zonal, Joint Campus Committee, and Students’ Union Government (SUG) structures adhere to the protest schedule.
“I am glad to inform you that we will remain resolute in making sure our demands are adhered to and in other for adequate coordination, I have directed the following national officers to oversee the peaceful conduct of the protest in the following respective zone in conjunction with the zonal and state structures,” the statement added.
In protest of the ASUU strike, NANS has halted operations on the country’s key roadways, including the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and Benin-Ore road.
The students also disrupted operations at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Monday after it blocked roads leading to the airport causing commuters to spend hours on the route.