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Nigeria: NANS Organises Nationwide Mass Protest Over ASUU Strike

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The National Association of Nigerian Students has resolved to organise a nationwide mass protest to press home its demand for the immediate reopening of all universities across the country.

This is part of resolutions reached in a communiqué issued on Wednesday in Enugu after National Association of Nigerian Students Leaders Emergency Virtual Meeting held on November 9th 2020.

The communiqué said that the continued strike was an organized crime against students career and educational pursuits.

It said that National Association of Nigerian Students with no hesitation declares 14-day Ultimatum for both parties ASUU and Federal government to resolve their impasse for campuses to re-open or risk Mass Protest.

According to the statement, End-ASUU Strike protest will have economic shut down as the major target.

The statement reads in part: That NANS declares the necessity of minimum of two academic session school fees waiver for Nigerian students in both state and federal institutions in the spirit of COVID-19 palliative to ameliorate the economic effects of the lockdown occasioned by the global pandemic.

The association noted that governments had not earmarked meaningful budgetary allocation to the sector in line with the recommendation of UNESCO 26 per cent educational budgetary allocation.

According to the students body, this can be traced as the root cause of incessant strike by the Academic Staff Unions in all Nigeria tertiary institutions.

The communique reads that National Association of Nigerian Students, on behalf of Nigerian students shall approach the Federal High Court to seek legal redress on ASUU and FG in demand for compensation and damages for Nigerians students time wastage, life plan disruption and career delay.

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