The National Association of Nigerian Students has scheduled its next protest for Ondo State on Friday.
NANS has been protesting for a week since Tuesday after it grounded major highways in response to the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ protracted strike action.
The PUNCH The students reported that the students blocked a main road in Gbongan, Osun state, for hours on Thursday, stranding motorists and other commuters.
A statement released Thursday by the Chair, NANS National Task Force on #EndASUUStrikeNow, Ojo Raymond, read: “The NANS national leadership has stated since the beginning of this struggle that it is an agitation that is not retreating, not surrendering. And the implication of that is that what we see today is more of a preamble to the real struggle of Nigerian students to come, where economic activities in the country would be founded by the mass of Nigerian students.
And, by remaining true to the threat of continuing the struggle we have begun, we are here today to protest the gross failure of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.)’s government to investing in the education sector. It cannot be emphasized enough that Nigerian students have been deprived of education, not even ‘quality’. We can only talk about quality if education is available. But in this case, there is no education at all for the Nigerian students.
“And this governmental failure has led to the invention of an expression that is gaining traction among Nigerian people, both old and young, that ‘education is a scam’. Meanwhile, education is not a scam. But unfortunately this expression has really jeopardized the values that the educational institution in Nigeria holds.
“This government is working effortlessly to weaponize ignorance in the country while expanding its effort to commercialize the education sector and take it out of the reach of the poor. Unfortunately! They will be the ones approaching Nigerian youth with a slogan that has already become a political cliché that ‘young people are the future of the country’. Unfortunately, the youth are not receiving an education that would empower them to be the future they should be.
“As you could see, we have NANS National Public Relations Officer, Giwa Temitope, Vice Senate Chair, Ekundina Elvis, Vice Chair (External Affairs), Akinteye Babatunde, NANS/Joint Campus Committee Chairs from Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Lagos and Ondo lead the way in battle. Tomorrow we will be on the Benin-Ore Expressway as a continuation of the protest. We already have a lineup event and we will keep it up until the federal government complies with our demands.”