ASUU Strike: Student Union Presidents Storm Abuja

The Council of Student Union Presidents said its members would storm the Federal Capital Territory for a peaceful protest if the ongoing strike by the university academic staff union is not called off.

The organization, which includes all the Presidents of Federal Universities Student Unions in Nigeria, had, in a letter to Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, dated July 19, 2022, given the Federal Government a seven-day ultimatum to resolve the disagreement with the ASUU.

In an interview with Sunday PUNCH on Saturday, CSUP official Shuaib Yahaya said all student leaders have decided not to compromise on the decision to embark on the planned protest.

According to him, the ongoing strike has harmed students across the country, pointing out that some are now engaging in illegal activities.

He said, “If the Federal Government and the Universities Academic Staff Union fail to resolve, after the seven days we will carry out a mass action which will involve all SUG Presidents in Nigeria and we will converge in Abuja. and we continue to demonstrate peacefully until the strike is called off.

“Over time, every time we delegate certain people for the benefit of others, they compromise. We therefore do not work with any delegation as far as we are concerned.

“This time, no one is ready to come and compromise. We are ready to face the sacrifice and the challenge.

He added: “There is a statement that an idle hand is the devil’s workshop, so many of our students have passed the act of illegal activities because they are at home doing nothing. The strike succeeded in increasing the level of Internet fraud.

“But if school was in session and students were engaged in academic activities, there would be no such thought of getting involved in internet fraud.

“Personally, I’m supposed to have graduated now, which would have been done a month ago. But here I am, still waiting for ASUU to call off the strike before I can go back. The strike may also reduce level of interest in education.

“If a student sits at home doing nothing, he or she starts to think otherwise and if it starts to work otherwise, you have to be sure that the interest of such a person will certainly be reduced.

“What we are looking for as students is that the federal government and ASUU should just come to a resolution. At each negotiation table, there is always a space where the two parties will have to compromise on a particular aspect of this negotiation.

“We don’t know what they should do, but our concern is that they should resolve the issues and end the strike within seven days.” He added.

The president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), had on Tuesday asked the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to resolve the protracted strike launched by the four university unions and report to him within two weeks. run out on Tuesday. , August 2, 2022.