In lieu of their recently coordinated protests all over the country, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened that on Friday, they will be shutting down the Yola International Airport in Adamawa State over the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The Zone E chapter of NANS which is to effect the shutdown of the Yola Airport, has also revealed that it will be in line with NANS nationwide ‘Occupy The Airport’ protest over the lingering ASUU strike.
A request letter to the Adamawa State Commissioner of Police by the NANS Zone E Coordinator, Alhassan Adam had also indicated that the protest will begin at the Airport Gate by 9 am.
In the letter which had been detailed to the police, the NANS asked the state police commissioner, CP Sikiru Akande, to protect its members to prevent hoodlums from turning the intended peaceful protest into something else.
The letter read in part: “In line with the directives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down all the airports in Nigeria till ASUU calls off the strike, Zone E will not be exempted, and we have scheduled our date of protest on Friday 23rd September, 2022.
“Sir, we deem it very necessary to write to your office and request for security cover in order to prevent the protest from being hijacked by hoodlums.”
In a related development, in the face of a seven-month impasse between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has made known its intentions to suspend the operations at all international airports nationwide.
The national body of NANS met over the weekend in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, and condemned the way the Federal Government was treating the lecturers who were on strike as well as education in general.
Students stressed that the four-day closure of highways and expressways was a success, which is why they decided to stop international travel beginning on September 19, 2022, so that the bourgeois and the government would experience the suffering that students had gone through for the previous seven months.