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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) is planning to shut down private Universities in Nigeria if the over nine months strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is not called off.
This is according to the newly elected President of the Association, Sunday Asefon who is said to be 46 years old. He vowed that the students’ body would shut down all private universities in the country, if the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), fails to call off the nine-month strike embarked on by its members.
Asefon who bared his mind on the lingering quagmire between the Federal Government and ASUU on Wednesday, December 9, said the protracted industrial action embarked on by the ASUU had taken a toll on Nigerian students and their parents and that if they fail to call off the strike, then NANS would be forced to shut down private universities in the country.
He claimed that the reason the strike is still prolonged is because private universities have employed most of the striking lecturers and for that reason they do not care about the students in government universities.
According to the NANS President, he and his executive members would engage the representatives of the government and the leaders of ASUU to find a lasting solution to resolve the stalemate in negotiations between the two arms.
Asefon concluded by saying that after the consultations with the two parties and the lecturers still refuse to call off the strike, then ‘NANS would move in and shut down all tertiary institutions in the country.’
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK