The National Association of Nigerian Students has urged state-owned universities to resume academic activities, describing the “total and indefinite strike” declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities as “unpatriotic and wicked”.
NANS President, Sunday Asefon, stated this in a statement on Wednesday sent to Channels Television. Asefon alleged that the decision to extend the industrial action after six months was easy for ASUU because they keep employment at various private universities around the country.
He said, “We have taken the time to review the decision of ASUU to declare an indefinite strike after the ongoing six-month strike. We consider the decision not only unpatriotic, unnecessary but wicked and definitely not in the interest of our nation nor the tertiary education system in Nigeria.”
“We call on State Government to forthwith liaise with Vice-Chancellors of state institutions to announce the resumption of academic activities and grant the Vice-Chancellors authority to enforce the resumption as state universities should never have joined the strike in the first place,” Asefon added.
The NANS President urged ASUU leadership in state institutions to toe the path of honour and called off the strike.