The National Association of Nigerian Students has described the six-month old strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities as a bold move towards rescuing the nation’s University education from the brink of collapse.
NANS in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti, the state capital on Sunday by its Coordinator in the South-West, Sunday Asefon, said the strike was a testimony of the doggedness of the union at ensuring improved condition of varsity education in the country.
He noted, “The step taken will help turn around the fortunes of the Nigerian universities and launch them back to reckoning in the global ranking”. It warned the Federal Government not to renege on its agreements with ASUU saying the consequence of doing so would be grave.
It said, “The victory recorded in the nationwide strike by ASUU was for all. This will bring to an end the problem of poor infrastructures on campuses, prevalence of cult activities and social vices”.
He also urged President Goodluck Jonathan to address the political crises within the polity saying such could pose a threat to the unity of the country if unchecked. Lamenting the high crime rate across the country, Asefon said, “The recent killings in Offa and Ikere Ekiti arising from armed robbery attacks on banks by men of the underworld is sad. How to address the menace should be of high priority.
We call on the security agencies to look into the matter and apprehend the culprits”. He added that governments at all levels should be committed to provision of social infrastructures in a bid to making life bearable to the citizenry. Source: PUNCH Newspaper
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