Scores of Nigerian student leaders under the umbrella of the Council of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) chairmen across the 36 states have threw their weight behind the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), for improved funding for the revitalisation of public varsities and new salaries for the lecturers.
This was revealed to AMILOADED in a communique issued at the end of the Council Meeting Held on Sunday, 8th November, 2020 which was jointly signed by Comr. Agbogunleri Seun Micheal, Executive Chairman NANS Osun Axis, Comr. Egwolo Apkere, Executive Chairman NANS Delta Axis, Comr Umar Farouk Gazali, Executive Chairman NANS Kaduna State Axis, Comr Faith Paulinus, Executive Chairman NANS Akwa Ibom State Axis, Comr Upeh Godswill, Executive Chairman NANS Benue Axis, Comr Hussaini Jamilu Ebbo, Executive Chairman NANS Niger Axis, Comr. Johnson K. Micheal GCFS, Executive Chairman NANS FCT Axis, Comr. Akinteye Babatunde (Babtee), Executive Chairman NANS Ondo Axis, Comr. Ziya’u Sarki, Executive Chairman NANS Kano, Kastina & Jigawa Axis
Others are; Comr. Romanus Ogene, Executive Chairman NANS Enugu Axis, Comr. Raji Sobur k, Executive Vice-Chairman NANS Ekiti Axis, Comr. Salami Wasiu Onidugbe GCAF, Executive Chairman NANS Kwara Axis, Comr. Opakunle Oluwafunmibi, Executive Chairman NANS Oyo Axis, Comr. Jacob A. Kenneth
Executive Chairman NANS Bayelsa Axis, Comr. Bamigbose Tomiwa Peter, Executive Chairman NANS Ogun Axis, Comr. Oko Ewa Chukwumaijem, Executive Chairman NANS Ebonyi Axis, Comr. Busari AbdulQowiyy Adelaja, Executive Chairman NANS Lagos Axis, Comr. Peter I. Onyenkweife, Executive Chairman Anambra Axis, Comr Andah Abdul Hakeem, Executive Chairman NANS Kogi Axis, Comr Bappa Hassan Adam, Executive Chairman NANS Yobe/Borno Axis and Amb Mbang Confidence SAS,CNS, Executive Chairman NANS CRS Axis (Converner/Presider)
“The Council of NANS JCC Chairmen across the 36 states had an online meeting to discuss and pass a deliberate resolution in respect of the Federal Government and ASUU saga.
“The meeting which was graced by 21 JCC Chairmen across the organogram of NANS delibrated on the decaying and hopeless negotiations between the Federal Government and ASUU, and the attendant effects to Nigerian Students having spent over 7 months at home due to the coronavirus pandemic and ASUU strike. The Council expressed her disappointments towards the modus operandi of handling the negotiation between the duo as all meetings ends in deadlock and vicious adjournment,” part of the communique reads.
While giving out their resolutions in the communique, the student leaders stated
that: “after a careful underscore and consultation across boards vis-a-vis the negotiation between the FG/ASUU, we hereby urge the federal government to respect the enforcement of hitherto agreements with ASUU.
” The Council have decided to throw her weight behind ASUU as their course is genuine and represents the interest of the educational growth in Nigeria.
“The council urge the federal government that, following the press release of the ASUU President Biodun Ogunyemi, on the 8th of November, 2020, ASUU having decided to reduce her demands,
the federal government should see that as a fair ground to enforce her agreements;
” The entire council shall also be a watchdog as regards the enforceability of the purpose of these demands;
“That the council is not oblivious of the fact that the issue of payment of ASUU members through the integrated personnel payment information system (IPPIS) is the major issue as opposed to the University transparency and accountability system (UTAS) adopted by ASUU;
” That the continuous deadlocks of meetings by the FG/ASUU will lead to a revolt by the Students if by any means the strike exceeds November 2020.
However, the Council of the Chairmen said that if the issues are not resolved amicable, they will take all necessary actions.
“And finally, the council of JCC Chairmen across the 36 states shall not fail to take confrontational actions if these issues are not resolved speedily and amicably.
“The Council hereby calls on the FG/ASUU to consider the state of the Nation and reconsider speedy resumption of schools in order to realize a socio-economic and political balance in the polity.
“The Council hereby assures all Nigerian Students to remain hopeful, and once again reaffirm her commitment as the grassroots government of the largest Students movement in Africa to continue protecting and propagating the interest of Nigerian Students nationwide.”