. . . Says No Resumption, No Election
By Abuchi Onwumelu
Following the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Zone B, has staged a partial blockade of Asaba end of Bridgehead to register their displeasure, saying that there will no election in the country if they fail to put an end to the strike.
The protesting students drawn from the eleven states of the South South and Southeast were seen wielding placards of various inscriptions; "ASUU/ ASUP strike, Another way to increase crime", " No resumption, no election", "We are tired of endless Negotiations" "End strike now", "NANS Zone B wants Her Students back on campus" Nigerian Students have bright future, do not truncate it with strike" "NANS Zone B says no to strike", "Save education, end strike now", " Freedom cometh by struggle strike ", among others.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the protest, the Zonal Coordinator, NANS Zone B, Comrade Okereke Godson (Aluta Bishop), said they were out protest what they described as endless negotiations between the federal government and ASUU, noting that they were going to stage a full scale blockade of federal highways across the country if they failed reverse what he described as ugly trend, adding that there would be no election unless they put an end to the lingering strike.
The student leader emphatically said that the students were tired of staying at home, arguing that the continued staying at home by the students would increase crime and criminality as well as social instability, urging the parties involved to consider poor parents and guardians who were struggling to meet up with their children and wards school fees.
Comrade Okereke noted that the students body would no longer keep quiet while their members were wasting away at home, saying that they were battle ready to use every available means to drive home their grievances.
'Think of the payment made by these students. Accommodation fees and other fees. Parents are suffering. Imagine, after resumption, parents will start all over again. Those who are suppose to graduate will no longer graduate as and when due. We are concerned. We are no longer happy,' he said.
For his part, the Director of Mobilization and Strategic engagement, National Association of Polytechnic Students, Comrade Dio Oghale Emeka Rex accused the federal government of Nigeria of being insensitive to the plight of Nigerian students, noting that they were tired with entire exercise.
The protesters marched along Asaba end of Bridgehead to various junction.