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ASUU Strikes: Federals, Lecturers Put Us in Difficult, Dangerous Situation, NANS Says

FCT, Abuja – The Nigerian Students Association (NANS) said both the ASUU and the federal government put them in a difficult and dangerous situation.

The student body also said it had suspended the closure of the country’s controversial airports due to a court order ordering the university’s faculty union, ASUU, to return to classrooms.

ASUU is taking intimidation measures seriously, as it has vowed not to reopen schools.
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In an exclusive interview with, NANS Southwest Regional Coordinator Comrade Tegbe Stephen Fiyinfoluwa said they were in a difficult situation.

NANS recently announced it would close its airports in the country following the ongoing ASUU strike. The announcement was included in a statement signed by the new president, Comrade Umar Farukh.

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Activities at the airport in Ikeja were halted last week after protests began in Lagos and student groups blocked all roads leading to the airport in Ikeja. Many were stranded even though the airline changed flight schedules following the shutdown.

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However, the protests scheduled for the next day in the capital Abuja could not take place.It’s still unclear what caused it, but a source told us: Security operatives’ threats against students forced them to postpone their actions in Abuja.

According to the source:

“We have received information that Abuja is being seriously monitored by the security forces. They were everywhere, so we interrupted the meeting.

“We did it to protect our students, which means students who are willing to come out whenever we call.”

However, as the Abuja protest was postponed. Everything else has gone quiet despite the ongoing strike.

An Industrial Court order directed ASUU to suspend its seven-month strike. However, the group went to the Court of Appeal to question the Industrial Court’s ruling. Since this move, ASUU has maintained its position that all agreements with the federal government must be met before the strike can be called off.

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On Monday morning, another directive from the National University Commission (NUC) called on all university vice chancellors to reopen schools. I don’t know yet if this new directive will work.

Students are victims of ASUU, the government

But students say ASUU and the federal government have put them in a difficult position. According to them, they are in the midst of this problem that takes all the blows.

Comrade Tegube said:

“We are very resolute as Nigerian students. Whatever happens between the ASUU leadership and the federal government is none of our business. That’s all.

“Just today we got another piece of information that the federal government has instructed all vice-chancellors to reopen universities.

“But we did our best on our part. We are very adamant that our students are going back to school now.”

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Questioning the ASUU’s claim to continue the strike despite the new court order, he said the ASUU could call off the strike at this point while other negotiations were underway.

He said:

“At this point we are exhausted. All we want is for ASUU to call off this strike. When we are back on the streets now they say we have started again.” I guess.

“By a new court order, we have decided to suspend the closure of the country’s airports and are awaiting the ASUU’s final decision on this matter.

“We are tired! Tired of staying at home.”

Recall that the country’s universities have been closed for nearly eight months over disagreements between the ASUU and the Nigerian government.

Despite numerous protests by Nigerian students, ASUU and the government have not listened to the students’ plight.

The federal government recently obtained an injunction against ASUU to reopen the university.


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