Strike: Join protest, student group urges members
September 19, 2022
A student group, the Fund Education Coalition, has urged its members to join the ongoing protest by the National Association of Nigerian Students at the airports across the country.
FEC said this was the only way to end the seven months old strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
In a statement, Monday, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Joseph Aliu, and made available to The PUNCH, the group lamented that the Federal Government was not ready to do anything concerning the strike, adding that students needed to save themselves.
“It is no longer news that ASUU embarked on its industrial action on February 14, to press home its demands from the government.
“The industrial action of ASUU clocked seven months on September 14, which has caused classrooms to be under lock and key and obviously barred students from learning, more so, crippling the educational system in the country.
“As it stands now, Nigerian students must save themselves from this doom in the educational sector, which the FG is not ready to attend to.
“On this, FEC is calling on our members and the Nigerian students to join the civil action at the airport road in Lagos.
“Yes, it is to disrupt the activities of the country, since the Federal Government has failed to permit Nigerian students to carry on with their academic activities. An adage says, ‘A child who says his mother will not sleep, the child will not also sleep.’ Since the FG has failed to allow Nigerian students to carry on with their academics, they should also not be permitted to carry on with their activities.
“If they fail to reopen classrooms, we will be forced to take the action to the national level,” the statement read.
The PUNCH reported the National Association of Nigerian Students disrupted activities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Monday, while protesting the strike.
They caused traffic by blocking the road that leads to the airport. Their activities also caused some flights to be rescheduled at the airport.
NANS had vowed to continue its protest at the airport while also planning to extend it to the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge and the office of the Nigerian Ports Authority.