Protesting students in Lagos, Nigeria slammed the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday, 9 May, for the extension of its three-month-old strike by 12 more weeks which is ruining the future of university students.
The students ascribed the action by ASUU due to the Federal Government’s failure to consent to the demands of the union.
While describing the inability of the government to make decisions regarding the end of the strike as a “direct declaration of war,” they threatened to block major federal highways and airports ahead of presidential primaries set for May 28-29 by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and May 31-June 1 by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In spite of being blamed by the students for not being sympathetic to them, the ASUU was again slammed by the government for “continuously breaching labour laws.”
Under the support of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the students have yesterday launched on peaceful protests in Benin and Lagos to state their displeasure regarding the strike that has been keeping them at home for more than 80 days now.
The students declared 10 May (today) as a National Day of Action to test run for three hours, the scheduled shutdown of the airports and highways in all the states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The students asked Trade Union Congress (TUC), the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and Civil Society Organisations to join them “to savage the remaining crackers of our general tertiary education.”
On Sunday, NANS President, Asefon, said in Abuja, “Having devoured all windows of constructive engagement with the government. As per the national leadership of NANS, I declare National Action Day, 10 May.”
Asefon defined in a statement that ” the National Action Day organised “Operation Test Run” “shall be held in all the 36 states with federal roads inhabited for a minimum of three hours.”