The National Association of Nigerian Students has scheduled its next protest for Ondo State on Friday.
NANS has been on a week-long strike since Tuesday as it grounded major highways in response to the long-running strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
The PUNCH reported that the students blocked a major road in Gbongan, Osun State for hours on Thursday, leaving motorists and other commuters stranded.
A statement issued on Thursday by the Chairman, NANS National Task Force on #EndASUUStrikeNow, Ojo Raymond, said: “Since the commencement of this struggle, the national leadership of NANS has declared that it is a “no retreat, no surrender” agitation. And the implication of that is that what is seen today is more like a prelude to the real struggle of Nigerian students to come through which economic activities in the country would be grounded by the mass of Nigerian students.
“And living true to the threat to sustain the struggle we started is why we are here today in protest against the gross failure of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s (ed.) administration to deliver in the education sector to invest. . It cannot be overstated that Nigerian students are deprived of education, not even ‘quality’. We can only talk about quality if there is the presence of education. But in this case there is no education for the Nigerian students.
“And this government failure has led to the invention of a phrase that is gaining momentum among Nigerians, young and old, that “education is a scam”. Meanwhile, education is not a scam. But unfortunately, this phrase has the values that occupying the educational institution in Nigeria, really put in jeopardy.
“This government is working tirelessly to weaponize ignorance in the country as they embark on an expansion of their drive to commercialize the education sector and take it out of the reach of the poor. Alas! They will be the ones to approach Nigerian youths with a slogan that has already become a cliché in the political field that “youths are the future of the country.” Unfortunately, the youths are not empowered with education that will empower them to be the future they should be.
“As you could see, we have the National Liaison Officer of NANS, Giwa Temitope, Deputy Senate President, Ekundina Elvis, Vice President (Foreign Affairs), Akinteye Babatunde, NANS/Joint Campus Committee Chairmen from Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Lagos and Ondo states to the forefront of the battle. Tomorrow we will be at the Benin-Ore highway in continuation of the protest. We already have a serial event and we will maintain it until the federal government accedes to our demands.