Frustrated by over four months of strike that has kept their future in the balance, leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS zone ‘B’ has given the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) seven days to call off strike and return to the class.
The Union warned that at the expiration of the seven days ultimatum they would be left with no other option than to confront the striking lecturers.
Speaking with journalists in Umuahia, the NANS zone B financial secretary and the leader in Abia state, Comrade Eluwah Miracle, said that the students are determined to take their destinies in their own hands by invoking the last “C” in NANS system of settling issues which is confrontation
Eluwah accused the members of ASUU of being selfish in their demands from the federal government and politically motivated adding that students would no longer watch ASUU destroy education in the country and jeopardise the future of millions Nigerian youths.
He said, “NANS Abia state chapter has condemned in strong terms the on-going nation-wide strike embarked upon by ASUU, which timing is not only wrong, but also detrimental to the security of the country.
Eluwah said that ASUU is claiming that their demands are genuine, “But their approach and timing is very wrong, because the world is now seeing it as being politically motivated and if they say it is not, they should go back to the classroom, while negotiation continues with the federal government”.
He maintained that the federal government has done well by offering ASUU the sum of N600 billion in addition to the N100 billion already made available this year for the funding of the universities, “which ASUU has rejected under the fragile nature of the country’s economy”.
On the issue that the funds from federal government has not been released, Eluwah said, “ASUU is claiming that the funds have not been released, why should the money be released when they have not accepted the offer by the federal government”.
He said that there are three Cs in the student Aluta struggle which include Consultation, Consideration and finally Confrontation, adding that they have made use of the first two Cs and will not hesitate to use the last one which is confrontation.