The National Association of Nigerian Students has again commenced another round of protest to express discontentment to the Federal government over the strike action currently embarked upon by university lecturers.
The students this time around in their large numbers bombarded the streets of Abuja with their cooking pots, mattresses and other personal effects in the course of the demonstration.
NANS President, Sunday Asefon, in a letter to zonal coordinators of the union, titled, ‘Urgent Notice Of Immediate Commencement Of Mobilisation’ and dated March 25, 2022.
The letter reads “Sequel to our ultimatum issued to Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU to find lasting solution to their face-off for our universities to reopen on or before 28th March 2022.
“With no hope in sight for resumption of academic activities on our campuses, you are by this notice directed to commence immediately, mass mobilization of students to resume their academic activities on the newly created University of Street, Abuja.
“Students are enjoined to come along with their cooking utensils, mattresses, mosquito-treated net and other needed logistics to make the stay conducive as the protest may last longer than expected until campuses are reopened.
“The Coordinator of NANS Zone C, Abah Owoicho has been appointed as Registrar of the New University of Abuja Street and coordinator of the mass occupational protest.
ASUU, on March 14, at the expiration of its four-week warning strike which it declared on Monday, February 14, had extended the industrial action by two months.
The union led by Professor Emmanuel Osodeke said it made the decision to extend the strike by another 2 months so as to give the Federal Government and its agencies enough time to meet the lingering demands of the union.
The union had embarked on a nine-month strike in 2020 before it was called off in December of that year.