If the Association of Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike action continues, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South-South zone has threatened to close major infrastructures in the region, including the Calabar Itu highway and the Port Harcourt International Airport.
This information was released over the weekend during a news conference in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, by the South-South Coordinator, NANS ZONE B, Kings Tamarapreye.
NANS encouraged ASUU to follow the court’s order and end the strike, which has been in effect for eight months, and urged the federal government to agree to ASUU’s requests because students are the ones who suffer the most.
If NANS demands are not taken into consideration, Tamarapreye said, their upcoming action might be “worse than the EndSARS demonstration.”
“As the leadership of NANS ZONE B, we desire to reiterate our complete commitment towards the return of Nigerian students to the various campuses,” the statement said in part.
We support the Usman Barambu-led administration and look forward to working with them to bridge the gap between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“We call on the body to honor the directive to reopen the institutions, and we also call on the federal government to immediately accede to the demands of the ASUU.
According to public record, in this Zone (NANS Zone B, South-South), we have organized multiple protests to try to get children back in the classroom because the welfare of the students was a top priority when we ran for office.
“It is terrible that Nigerian students have been staying home for the past eight months. It is public knowledge that we blocked roads in Akwa Ibom and the Cross River States out of a sense of unity.
“There was a memo ordering the nation’s mobilization to be halted, and it is still on schedule. We are pleading with ASUU to heed the court’s decision and return to school, but if they refuse, we will mobilize and shut down the entire nation because the federal government has shown such disregard for the country’s educational system.
“We will not give up; it is time for us to take control of our own destinies. We all know that education in this country is underfunded. We’re planning to block the Calabar-Itu highway, the Port Harcourt International Airport, and other facilities in this South-South region.