•Renews call to disrupt party primaries, all airports roads
By Opeyemi Babalola
Following the declaration of another three months of industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), is set to begin a nationwide shutdown in the country today.
In a statement issued to that effect yesterday, NANS President, Sunday Asefon, said that the national actions, tagged “Operation Test Run” will be held in all the 36 States of the Federation.
According to him, “Federal Roads across the 36 States shall be occupied for a minimum of 3hrs. “
He restated the association’s commitment to disrupting political parties from holding peaceful primaries and total blockage of the airport roads across the country.
The statement read partly, “The Operation shall be a precursor to a total shutdown that will be decided during our Senate meeting/pre-convention on Saturday 14th May 2022.
“Our decision from the pre-convention shall be binding. The action shall be total as the extension of the ASUU strike is a direct declaration of war by the Federal Government against university students in Nigeria
“Our proposal to congress on the 14th shall be total blockage of the airport roads across the country and total disruption of political party primaries, blockage of the national assembly until they are committed to passing legislation banning public office holders from sending their children to university abroad.
“We therefore advise divisive elements or paid agents of government to stay clear of our actions as the consequences shall be severe.
“By this release, all JCC Chairmen, Zonal Leaderships and Stakeholders are directed to act appropriately and ensure total compliance to the directive of “Operation Test Run” Shut down the Federal Roads in Your State, the nation must feel the heat.”
Recall that the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU had yesterday, declared a 3 months strike, accusing the federal government of failing to live up to its responsibilities and speedily address the demands of the union.
Some of ASUU’s demands include the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the UTAS payment platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers.