After the seven-month deadlock between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has disclosed its plans to ground activities at international airports across the country.
The national body of NANS gathered at the weekend in Akure, the Ondo state capital, and rejected the attitude of the federal government towards the striking lecturers as well as education in general.
According to the students, the four-day closure of busy highways and highways was a success, hence the move to disrupt international travel from September 19, 2022 so that the bourgeoises and the government the pains that students have been subjected to in the past seven months.
Speaking to newsmen on the move, the Chairman, NANS National Task Force on ‘End ASUU Strike Now’, Ojo Raymond Olumide, disclosed that students were already tired of pleading with both parties on the need to end the strike .
Olumide stressed that the airports that will be occupied will remain grounded until the strike is called off, adding that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration must pay all outstanding arrears and salaries of the lecturers.
We will start another round of protests next week by storming the skies on Monday, September 19, 2022 to #OccupyTheAirports. We want to let the world know about the pains and anguish students go through.
Nigerian students whose parents create the Commonwealth cannot continue to suffer at home with our lecturers while the few who benefit from our sweat and blood let their children frolic and bow abroad.
“We call on students to stand up and join us as we take our destiny into our own hands. Our demands remain clear and simple throughout. We call on ASUU leadership for a meeting as soon as possible to discuss and plan Solidarity actions for the next phase of the struggle.
“Nigerian students are not subject to security agencies and we have not seen any move by them to prevent ASUU strike. He said they couldn’t tell them they weren’t aware of what was going on.
“Being on the road for the last four days and getting a lot of solidarity, the ground of the airport is for us to get solidarity and we will continue to ground the local and international airports and they know the effect of that we ground the airport. The only thing we request of them is to reopen our campuses. They should give enough budget allocation. We are not asking for 26 percent. We ask for 22 percent.
“We hereby accept a motion of no confidence in both ministers of labor and education. We call on the Buhari government to pay all outstanding arrears and salaries of the lecturers. The policy of “No Work No Pay” is a Fascist one; it is therefore condemnable and unacceptable to all the millions of students in Nigeria.
“We will, by this statement, not beg again. We will mobilize all students to shut down the country. No education! No Movement!”
While lashing out at the Minister of Works, Babatunde Raji Fashola, over his alleged comment on the blocking of federal roads by the students, Olumide said the strike continues because of the absence of children of the political class in public universities.
By Nigerians, the federal and state governments became uncomfortable with our protests and still are. Instead of them responding to us responsibly and what have you; we were shocked that the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola, came up with an illegal statement that only suits noisemakers and political irritants by declaring fundamental Human Rights “illegal”.