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Students Union Oppose ASUU Over Strike

National Association of Nigeria Students has accused striking university teachers of not reaching out to other stakeholders before embarking on their current industrial action.

The NANS President, Petter Asuquo, stated this on Monday while addressing members of the Senate Committee on Education in Abuja.

University lecturers began a nationwide industrial action on July 1.

Lecturers under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Asuquo noted particularly did not consult with the students before embarking on the strike.

He said, “We are sad that ASUU has unilaterally decided to embark on yet another needless strike to drive home a point against the Federal Government.

“Our grievance is anchored on the fact that the ongoing ASUU strike has exerted an even greater negative toll on the students more than any other stakeholder in the impasse.

“It is our belief that other amicable avenues could be adopted other than a strike to resolve the ASUU/FG standoff. It is therefore our demand that the strike be called off forthwith.”

Chairman of the committee, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, who frowned on incessant strikes in the country, called for a quick resolution of the dispute between ASUU and the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, University of Ibadan has directed students to proceed on a two-week break.

In a statement by its Registrar, Olujimi Olukoya, the university management urged the students to vacate their hostels on Tuesday (today).

The statement said the decision was arrived at following the ASUU strike.

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