NANS Grounds Lagos Airport Over ASUU Strike

NANS Grounds Lagos Airport Over ASUU Strike

By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

Nigerian students under the auspices of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS have taken their protest the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos as they protest the prolonged strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The students held banners bearing inscriptions such as: “No nation can develop without genuine commitment to education,” and “If you have money for election form, you can fund education” as they call for end of the strike action that has been on for over seven months.

The protest caused traffic around the airport amid the presence of a combined team of officers the Lagos State Police Command, Rapid Response Squad, Lagos Airport Police Command, and other security agencies

Recall that NANS  stated that it will ground activities at the local and international airports across the country beginning from Monday, September 19.

Chairman, NANS National Task Force on ‘End ASUU Strike Now,’ Ojo Raymond Olumide who  spoke in Akure, the Ondo State capital, stated that it decided to take its protest to the airport following successes recorded in its road protest during which several highways were blocked.

He stated that the  grounding of airports was to make the rich share in the pains of the students occasioned by the prolonged strike action.

 Olumide, said students were tired of pleading with both parties to end the strike and also wained  ASUU not to call off the strike after any increment in their salary but to insist on other demands that led to the strike action.

 “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.

“Nigerian students whose parents create the commonwealth cannot continue to be suffering at home alongside our lecturers while the few who gain from our sweats and blood have their kids abroad.

 “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 said.

He explained the students’ body need not inform the police about the planned protest to ground airports because they were not subjected to security agencies adding that grounding the students will keep on grounding the local and international airports until the needful is done.

“The only thing we request for them is to open our campuses back. We call on the Buhari government to pay all outstanding arrears and salaries of the lecturers. The policy of “No Work No Pay” is a fascist one. It is, therefore condemnable and non-acceptable to all the millions of students in Nigeria.

“We will, by this statement, not beg again. We shall be mobilising all students to shut down the country. No Education! No Movement,” he said.


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