NANS pledges to ground airports over ASUU strike

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to ground activities at the local and international airports across the country beginning on Monday, September 19 over the lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

It said its decision to ground airport activities was due to the successes recorded in its road protest during which several highways were blocked.

The leadership of NANS, which spoke in Akure, the Ondo State capital, said the grounding of airports was to make the rich share in the pains of the students occasioned by the prolonged strike action.

Chairman, NANS National Task Force on ‘End ASUU Strike Now,’ Ojo Raymond Olumide, said students were tired of pleading with both parties to end the strike.

Olumide cautioned ASUU not to call off the strike after any increment in their salary but to insist on other demands that led to the strike action.

According to him, “We shall begin another round of protest next week by storming the airspaces on Monday, 19th September 2022 to #OccupyTheAirports. We want to let the world know about the pains and anguish students are going through.

“Nigerian students whose parents create the commonwealth cannot continue to be suffering at home alongside our lecturers while the few who gain from our sweats and blood have their kids abroad.

“We call on students to rise and join us as we take our destinies into our hands. Our demands remain consistently clear and simple. We call on ASUU leadership for a meeting as soon as possible to discuss solidarity actions and plan for the next phase of the struggles.”

He explained the students’ body need not inform the police about the planned protest at ground airports because they were not subjected to security agencies.

“Grounding the airport is for us to get solidarity and we will keep on grounding the local and international airports and they know the effect of us grounding the airport.

“The only thing we request for them is to open our campuses back. 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 non-acceptable to all the millions of students in Nigeria.

“We will, by this statement, not beg again. We shall be mobilizing all students to shut down the country. No Education! No Movement,” he said.

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