The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, on Wednesday said it is considering legal action against the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, if it failed to call off it’s strike soon and is therefore embarking on a nationwide sensitisation tour to garner enough support from the states.
President of NANS, Yinka Gbadebo, told a news conference jointly addressed by the association and the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN in Abuja that the association would also consider staging a demonstration.
“We have considered options; we have considered the option of taking them to court; we have considered the option of leading a protest against ASUU. But…we know that if we take ASUU to the court now or if we lead a protest against ASUU now, it may be suicidal because the public has not been well informed about all this, that is why we are planning to embark on a sensitisation tour of Nigeria, to inform our students who will distribute these document across Nigeria in the next one week,” he said.
Gbadebo said the protracted ASUU strike had become a thing of concern to Nigerian students and there was an urgent need to look into the contending issues between the federal government and the union.
According to him, NANS members have met with the federal government and the document containing the demands and agreements reached with ASUU made available to them.
He, however, said efforts by NANS to meet with the leadership of ASUU to verify the authenticity or otherwise of the document had proved abortive as the union had declined to meet with the students’ body.
The NANS president alleged that the document obtained from the government indicated that ASUU’s primary demands were in its own interest and not that of Nigerian students as most of the demands that concerned students had already been met by government.
He said the Nigerian public should make efforts to get facts and not to judge based on sentiments being whipped by ASUU and which had continued to jeopardise the future of Nigeria.
Gbadebo commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his efforts at resolving the crisis and urged students to be on the alert and to monitor how funds allocated to their various institutions would be applied by the university authorities.
Also speaking, the President of NYCN, Olawale Ajani, said that Nigerian youth were taking their destinies in their hands by joining NANS in the struggle to ensure that the education system did not collapse.
He said the federal government should do all in its powers to ensure that students were not left to idle about