The president, National Association of Nigerian Students, Sunday Ashefon, on Thursday described strikes in Nigeria’s tertiary education as a challenge that the student organization’s administrations are unable to solve.
Ashefon made the announcement during NANS’s 40th anniversary, which was held at the National Universities Commission in Abuja.
He said: “Perhaps the tertiary education sector in Nigeria has been facing one of the strongest tests in our history in recent years. We have witnessed the total collapse of the sector as a result of the incessant strike.
“This challenge alone is greater than what a NANS administration could solve. However, our nation’s education system is on the brink and the entire nation must come to the rescue. Where we go as a nation depends on how we collectively collect the crackers of the collapsing education system and rebuild it together as a nation.
“Nigeria does not belong here, our tertiary education system does not belong here and this is already leaving its mark on the economy, security and confidence of the young people in the nation and the education system of the country. We all have to come to the rescue.
“As we celebrate today, let us not forget that we are only here together because education is part of our story and life, we must therefore do whatever it takes to ensure that this part of our national life does not take a story out of the becomes past”.
The PUNCH reports that NANS is the umbrella body of all Nigerian students from tertiary institutions in Nigeria and the diaspora.
The body has come under fire from stakeholders who have accused it of failing to pressure the federal government and university academic staff to find lasting solutions to the ongoing strikes at Nigerian universities.
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