The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) it would mobilise its members from across the country to occupy the Federal Ministry of Education complex in Abuja if the Federal Government failed to find a lasting solution to the ongoing strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“Federal Government through Ministry of Education should within a few working days resolve the lingering ASUU strike. We shall mobilise our students towards occupying the ministry of education until our demands are met,” Umar Faruk, the president of NANS threatened while addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.
Faruk said the Government should set visitation panels to address issues of all politically expelled and rusticated students.
He stressed that stakeholders should ensure that education is given the desired attention by increasing budgetary allocation to the Ministry of Education to meet up with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) threshold.
“While awaiting a formal inauguration of our executives, it is essential to note that the existing economic and political situation cannot continue to linger as they remain the cardinal reason we aspired to lead this noble organisation.”
“In light of this, we shall not waste time in ensuring that our agenda is focused on ensuring students return to school within the shortest possible period.”
The NANS President noted that the security situation in the country desires a more robust engagement with the view to engaging Nigerian students in peace-building advocacies.
“This deserves urgent attention as the masses are already tired of the sorry state of affairs concerning insecurity in Nigeria; thus, a multi-stakeholder engagement through a non-kinetic approach has become inevitable,” Faruk said.