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The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has vowed to shut down airport operation in continuation of its protest against the Federal Government over the 7-month-old strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The organized National Body of students has met in the cause of the weekend in Akure, to deliberate its next line of action following the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to meet the striking lecturers’ demand.
The student body has during the week made the news after barricading the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Benin Ore road, and other strategic points in protest of the long-lived strike of the lecturers that have kept students out of school for months.
Students from the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have shut down highways leading to Muritala Muhammadu International Airport in protest of the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari’s unwillingness to honour the demands of striking lecturers.
Reports detail that Security personnel prevented the students from entering the airport, so they grabbed control of the road and stopped all traffic going in and out of the building, leaving travellers billed to travel using the airport stranded.
Students numbering Hundreds took to the street to request an immediate end to the strike, which has now reached its seventh month, and urged the Nigerian government to respect the requests of the striking academics in order for them to return to class.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has said that the planned meeting of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will not stop its Monday protest.
NANS, in a statement, Sunday, signed by its National Task Force Chairman on #EndASUUStrikeNow, Ojo Raymond, noted that even though it welcomed the Speaker’s intervention, its pledge to ground airports in the country would be executed.
On Tuesday, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila will meet with the leadership of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The Cable reports that Lanre Lasisi, Gbajabiamila’s special adviser on media and publicity, confirmed the news on Sunday.
The meeting is scheduled to be attended by the House leadership and other stakeholders.
The meeting’s purpose is to find a solution to the strike that has halted academic operations at public universities since February.
Following the Federal Government’s failure to meet the demands of the striking lecturers, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has announced that it will continue its demonstration in solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday.
Making this disclosure in a statement made available to Newsbreak.ng, Giwa Temitope, NANS Public Relations Officer said that the association’s decision to take its demonstration to the expressway in Ondo State follows the refusal of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to end the seven-month-old strike action that has kept students of federal universities out of school since February.
“Recall that ASUU strike has been on for exactly 7 months with the Federal government showing crass irresponsibility.
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