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Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have declared that the six-month nationwide strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would turn around the fortunes of the educational system in the country and launch it back to reckoning in the global ranking.
A statement issued yesterday in Ado- Ekiti by the newly elected NANS’ South-west Coordinator, Sunday Asefon, also lauded the doggedness of the leadership of ASUU over its fight to rescue the country’s universities from decay.
Other elected zonal leaders of the association at its December 22 election were: Afolabi Mutiu Deputy Coordinator, Obanobi Abidemi, General Secretary, Olatinwo Jeremiah, Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Olawande, Treasurer and Oloja Olanrewaju, Assistant General Secretary.
NANS warned that it won’t hesitate to join ASUU in future to fight the federal government should it renege on the agreements with the union on efforts to revamp the nation’s universities from decadence, leading to the suspension of the protracted strike.
According to the statement, “the victory recorded in the nationwide strike by ASUU was a victory for all which history will not forget.
"This will bring to an end poor infrastructure on campuses, poor laboratories, high rate of cult activities, victimisation of students by lecturers and other social vices.”
Asefon charged President Goodluck Jonathan to address the political crises in the country leading to verbal tirades among the political class, saying such could threaten the unity of the country if not checkmated.
The body further urged the federal government to step up fight against Boko Haram insurgence, describing the activities of the sect as inimical and constituting a great threat to the peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
While lamenting the upsurge in the level of armed robbery across the country, NANS said: “The recent massacre in Offa and Ikere Ekiti arising from armed robbery attacks on banks by men of the underworld was of high priority and we call on the security agencies to look into the matter and apprehend the culprits.”
The students’ body also tasked the government at all levels to direct attentions to the dilapidated state of roads across the country, saying the scourge has caused a geometric increase in the number of
deaths on Nigerian highways.