Paul Osuyi, Asaba
The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and Joint Campus Committee (JCC), Delta State axis, on Monday, called on the Federal Government to urgently meet the demands of striking university tutors.
Chairman of the students’ body, Rex Emeka Oghale in a statement issued, in Asaba, further urged government to look critically into the issues raised by the lecturers, under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), with a view to finding prompt and lasting solution.
The national leadership of ASUU has declared an indefinite strike in the nation’s university sector, which commenced on Monday, to prevail on government to address the lingering issue of poor funding of universities.
According to Oghale, the issue of funding is very critical to the “survival of our educational system, hence we urge the government to do the noble thing and save education in Nigeria.
“While we solidarize with ASUU, the leadership of NANS is not comfortable with such breach of academic activities and will not condone an elongated strike as such windows will render students idle and expose them to social vices and crimes beyond tempering with their academic calendar.
It is on this note we appeal to the leadership of ASUU to always give dialogue a room and to ensure they yield to positive agreement with the Federal Government as soon as possible to ensure they come back to class room.”
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, lecturers at the Delta State University (DELSU) were yet to join the strike.
Executive members of ASUU at the university were said to be having a marathon meeting when our correspondent made enquiries.
Feelers from the meeting indicated that the lecturers will join their counterparts nationwide in the strike from Tuesday November 6.