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The National Association of Nigerian Students has said its members would embark on a mass protest should the Academic Staff Union of Universities resume its just suspended strike.


NANS President, Sunday Asefon, stated this in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH on Thursday.


He said it is embarrassing and ridiculous for ASUU to threaten fresh strike after wasting the academic time of Nigerian students for nine months.


Asefon said, “It is a slap on us for ASUU to say they are calling off the strike conditionally. If they call it off conditionally, we will also put on hold our plan to engage the Federal Government and ASUU on mass action. But if they also resume their strike, we will also go to the streets. If that is the only language they understand, we will speak it to them.”

 

VAM News reported that ASUU on Wednesday in Abuja, “conditionally” suspended its nine-month-long strike after a lot of foot-dragging by the Federal Government and the lecturers.


Ogunyemi, who said the suspension of the strike takes effect from Thursday, December 24th, 2020, had also warned that the union would resume the industrial action without notice if the government fails in meeting its part of the agreement.

 

Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said that he will do everything to make sure the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) does not embark on another strike.


Ngige stated this on Wednesday, while speaking on Channels TV’s Politics Today.


According to him, his three children were affected by the nine-month industrial action embarked by ASUU.


“I will not give ASUU the opportunity to go on strike. Because I have three biological children that suffered from this imbroglio that we found ourselves in and about 15 people on my scholarship in Nigerian Universities.


“My three biological children are here in Nigerian Universities. They even went to secondary school here. Two of them are American citizens and I had the option of leaving them to go study in America and enjoy the free education or whatever, but I didn’t.


“So, I am a committed parent. I am involved, even more than some ASUU members because some of them have their children in private schools,” Ngige said.

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