National Association of University Students said they have had it to the brim and can no longer take it as a result of the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
ASUU which had earlier embarked on an indefinite strike since March over the Federal Government’s failure to keep to the 2019 Memorandum of Action, and over the crisis on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.
The students have planned to air their displeasure by embarking on a nationwide protest starting from Tuesday. According to them, the protest would start at the National Assembly Complex, followed by the Office of the Ministry of Education, and then that of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
According to a letter written on October 13, 2020, by the Senate of NAUS, students had stayed “for too long” at home and therefore demanded an immediate end to the strike.
The letter was signed by the Senate President of NAUS, Ibrahim Lawal; Deputy Senate President, Asiwaju Ajibowu; and the Clerk, Gbande Abraham.
Ibrahim Lawal the Deputy Senate President said “We are inviting all students to come out and protest because we have overstayed at home, and education is important. In August, we wrote a letter to the Minister of Education [Mallam Adamu Adamu] on the reopening of schools. We asked what efforts were in place to end the ASUU strike. But the minister has not responded to our letter for over two months. We have been patient enough to hear from the minister and he has refused to respond. We are tired“.
He also admitted that “Recently, we had an emergency virtual meeting which had in attendance all SUG presidents from the various universities, in which we all agreed to embark on a nationwide protest“.
He further stressed out that “Hence, on Tuesday, we are starting the protest. We are convening at the National Assembly Complex. Then on the subsequent days, we are going to the offices of the ministries of education, and labour and employment. We want our voices to be heard. As I’m speaking with you, students from universities in Maiduguri, Kano, and others are coming to Abuja. So we mean business; we want the government to end the strike.”
The Federal Government and ASUU have started strategizing on how to end the strike as they are set to meet in another meeting on Wednesday.