The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, yesterday, appealed to the Federal Government, university lecturers and polytechnic teachers to resolve their face-off for the sake of students.
Speaking to News Agency of Nigeria on telephone, President of NANS, Mr Yinka Gbadebo, said, students had continued to be victims of conflicts between lecturers and governments.
Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, embarked on an infinite strike on July 1 to protest non implementation of a part of an agreement it had with the Federal Government in 2009, including adequate funding of universities and university autonomy.
Lecturers in polytechnics, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, have also been on strike for months over Federal Government’s non implementation of an agreement.
According to Gbadebo, NANS members were angry at the lingering face-off which crippled academic activities in universities and polytechnics.
He said the union was not in support of ASUU, ASUP or the Federal Government, and wanted an end to the strikes which, he said, made the students idle, adding that the students were suffering unjustly.
“Students were not part of the plans for the strikes. We were not consulted before the action. The strikes are causing setbacks for students who must have planned their future. We cannot condone this anymore. We shall no longer accept strikes, as we are always at the receiving end,” he said.