The National Association of Nigerian Students on Wednesday decided to suspend its planned nationwide protests.
This was after the Academic Staff Union of Universities were earlier in the day ordered by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria to resume academic activities.
NANS had previously instructed all of its zones, from Zone A to Zone F, to carry out protests sequentially from September to October 11 in a circular signed by its President-Elect, Usman Barambu.
However, Barambu, in another statement released on Wednesday, directed the structures to stand down all protests, appealing to ASUU to resume work as ordered by the court, saying it “is a progressive way forward.”
The statement read, “I convey to you solidarity greetings from the leadership of NANS. I am also pleased to congratulate all Nigerian students for standing out during the impasse between ASUU and the Federal Government. Let me also commend the resilient, doggedness and commitment displayed by students throughout the period the strike has lasted for seven months. I urge you all to consider your actions as a struggle for the emancipation of our educational sector. It’s a win-win situation, victory at last.
“May I also use this opportunity to also urge the Federal Government to fulfill it’s own part of the negotiation as we anticipate a smooth outcome in the negotiating process, in line with the order of the National Industrial Court issuing an order for ASUU (our lecturers) to return to the classrooms. I, hereby, stand down all NANS protest nationwide.
“More also, may I use this singular privilege to appeal to our dear lecturers that the court order is a progressive way forward to achieve a positive results at the negotiation table for it is a win-win for all. We hope and believe ASUU will ace the court ruling in good faith as it affects the future of our dear country.
“Finally, may I appeal to all parents and guardians to assist our students as they prepare to resume for their academic pursuit.”