ASUP Strike: NANS protests 11-month old ASUP strike

Report reaching news desk has it that, The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), on Monday, embarked on a peaceful protest to make known their grievances as regards the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) strike, calling on the Federal Government to intervene as a matter of urgency.

nans protest grapevine gathered that the aggrieved Students block the entrance of Governor Babatunde Fashola’s office, chanting that they are tired of staying at home, promising to mobilise all students nationwide and shut down all federal roads.

NANS also condemned the age-long discrimination polytechnic graduates have continued to suffer in the labour market against their university counterparts, calling on government to review the issue.

A student from Ilaro polytechnic, Idowu Gbemileke, stressed that they had spent 11 months and two weeks at home doing nothing while the Federal Government had kept mum on the strike so far.

Questioning Nyesom Wike’s ability to function effectively as the Supervising Minister of Education, the Nigerian students, called for his immediate removal as a minister and urged for a reform in the education sector.

“We say no to any plan by the federal and state government to increase or introduce new tuition fee on various campus,” the students said.

Their demands included a reduction in LASU’s school fees; reinstatement of all banned unions by the management of University of Lagos (UNILAG); conversion of Higher National Diploma (HND) to Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) and immediate removal of the minister of education.

The students sang several protest songs, displaying placards that read, ‘implement all agreements with ASUP, COEASU others, we say no to Wike as the Minister of Education.’

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