The National Association of Nigerian Students has ordered students to occupy the streets of Abuja with their personal effects to protest the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
NANS President, Sunday Asefon, who made this known in a letter to zonal coordinators of the union titled, ‘Urgent Notice Of Immediate Commencement Of Mobilisation’ and dated March 25, 2022, asked the students to go with cooking utensils and mattresses.
It read, “Sequel to our ultimatum issued to Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to find a lasting solution to their face-off for our university to reopen on or before 28th March 2022.
“With no hope in sight for resumption of academic activities on our campuses, you are by this notice directed to commence immediately, mass mobilization of students to resume their academic activities on the newly created University of Street, Abuja.
“Students are enjoined to come along with their cooking utensils, mattresses, mosquito-treated net, and other needed logistics to make the stay conducive as the protest may last longer than expected until campuses are reopened.
“The Coordinator of NANS Zone C, Abah Owoicho has been appointed as Registrar of the New University of Abuja Street and coordinator of the mass occupational protest.
“While looking forward to your swift consideration for immediate action, please accept our regards.”
ASUU, on March 14, at the expiration of its four-week warning strike which it declared on Monday, February 14, had extended the industrial action by two months.
The union led by Professor Emmanuel Osodeke said it made the decision to extend the strike so as to give the Federal Government and its agencies enough time to meet the lingering demands of the union.