ASUU STRIKE: NANS to meet with Nigerian government over Keyamo’s ‘no money’ remark.
In response to rumors that the Federal Government lacks the resources to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which is currently on strike, a new meeting between the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and the Ministers of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and his education counterpart, Malam Adamu Adamu, is to be scheduled.
At a news conference on Monday in Abuja, Comrade Odiahi Thomas Ikhine, NANS Vice President (Special Duties), stated that the students were dissatisfied with remarks attributed to Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, that the government lacked the resources to meet ASUU’s demands.
The government reportedly couldn’t afford the Union’s N1.2 trillion demands, as proposed by the Emeritus Prof. Nimi Briggs Committee on the revision of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, so Keyamo reportedly asked parents to petition ASUU to end the strike.
Ikhine noted that the NANS leadership would meet with Adamu and Ngige to gain a better grasp of the situation after President Buhari placed a two-week halt to the strike.
He further stated that NANS did not call for the dismissal of Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele.
He vowed that the pupils would not give up on doing things correctly.
“As an organization, we have done our best to address the ASUU strike. We were able to put pressure on the administration, and the NLC recently called for a protest, which we attended. We are not going to back down.
“As a result, we desire to distance ourselves and the name of our organization from the unpatriotic call to sack the CBN governor.” “We believe that the CBN governor required moral assistance,” Ikhine added.
“We call on security agencies to do their utmost in bringing imposters who go about heating up the polity and indulging in actions capable of damaging national security and stability to justice,” he continued, “particularly at this time of precarious national security experience.”