The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has issued a notice to all its structures and organs to commence mobilisation for mass protest against the Federal Government, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics on Monday January 7th, 2018.
This was contained in a statement signed by the association’s President, Danielson Akpan. The association accused the parties involved of not making adequate steps towards resolving the crises.
According to Mr Akpan, the university lecturers are not showing enough commitment to end the strike, saying they staged a walk-out during negotiations with the government despite the that fact that the FG willingness to meet two out of their three demands.
He noted that none of the issues the lectuers are agitating directly improves the lot of Nigerian students or infrastructure and basic amenities on the campuses.
Again, why are Nigerian Students made to suffer for the interests of ASUU or ASUP which doesn’t improve lots of Nigerian students?” Akpan asked.
The three major issues, ASUU is agitating for include the non-payment of some academic staff salaries shortfall, non-release of operational license for Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company, NUPEMCO, and non-payment of earned academic allowances.
Also, the minor disagreement over figures in salaries shortfall which the government claimed to be N15 billion as against ASUU’s N25 billion.