The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has announced its intention to shut down all international airports due to the ongoing ASUU strike.
Naija News reports that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on February 14, 2022, embarked on a seven-month-old strike over some demands. Some of the union’s demands include the release of revitalisation funds for universities, payment of lecturers’ earned allowances, deployment of the University Transparency Accountability System as the payment platform for university lecturers, and renegotiation of the ASUU-FG 2009 agreement among others. Expressing its disappointment over the failure of the Federal Government to meet the demand of ASUU on Saturday, the body threatened to shut down all international airports starting from September 19. The association made the announcement via a statement issued by the chairman NANS national task force on “End ASUU Strike Now”, Ojo Raymond Olumide. The statement reads: “The four-day shutdown of busy highways and expressways had been a success, hence the move to disrupt international travels in order for the bourgeois and the government to feel the pains that had subjected students to in the past seven months. “We shall begin another round of protest next week by storming the airspaces on Monday, 19th September 2022 to #OccupyTheAirports. We want to let the world know about the pains and anguish students are going through.” Speaking further Olumide stated that they would no longer beg FG to meet ASUU’s demands, adding that students and lecturers cannot continue to suffer while politicians send their family members to foreign universities. The group called on Nigerian students and ASUU to join them in their resolve to shout down Nigerian airports. “We call on students to rise and join us as we take our destinies into our hands. Our demands remain consistently clear and simple. We call on ASUU leadership for a meeting as soon as possible to discuss solidarity actions and plan for the next phase of the struggles,” he added.
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