By Faith Igbudu
National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), says it will halt operations at all international airports in the country as a way of registering their grievances over the lingering seven-month standoff between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The action was decided upon in Akure, Ondo State as the national body of NANS met over the weekend where it condemned the way the Federal Government was treating lecturers, who are on strike, as well as education in general.
The students claimed that the four-day closure of highways and expressways was a success, which is why they decided to stop international travel beginning on September 19, 2022, so that the bourgeois and the government would experience the suffering that students are going through for the previous seven months.
The NANS National Task Force on “End ASUU Strike Now” Chairman, Ojo Raymond Olumide, revealed that students were already tired of pleading with both parties about the necessity of ending the strike during a press conference.
He said: “The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration must settle all outstanding arrears and the lecturers’ salaries,” Olumide said, adding that the airports that would be occupied will remain closed until the strike is called off.
“We shall begin another round of protest next week by storming the airspaces on Monday, 19th September 2022 to #OccupyTheAirports. We want to let the world know about the pains and anguish students are going through.
“Nigerian students, whose parents create the commonwealth cannot continue to be suffering at home alongside our lecturers while the few who gain from our sweat and blood have their kids abroad jollying and flexing.
“We will, by this statement, not beg again. We shall be mobilizing all students to shut down the country. No Education! No Movement!”