The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has blamed the astronomical rise in crime among young Nigerians on the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

According to NANS, most of the recent crimes were allegedly carried out by students, who are currently affected by the ongoing strike that resulted from the face-off between the Federal Government and ASUU.

The Association, while appealing to the striking lecturers and the Federal Government urged them to arrive at a compromise so students could go back to school.

Acting Senate President of NANS, Mr. John Shima, made this appeal while addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday.

Shima recalled that about three academic years had been lost to strikes in the last 10 years.

According to him, the lost academic sessions were enough for a student to graduate from an undergraduate course in other climes.

He said, “ASUU and the Federal Government should go back to the negotiating table. Even after wars, issues are resolved at a round table. Nigerian students are tired of sitting at home.

The students’ body commended the immediate past education Minister , Prof. Ruqqayatu Rufa’I for a good job while in office. NANS equally appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently appoint a substantive minister to head the Education Ministry.

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