The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has described strike actions in the tertiary education sector in Nigeria as a challenge that administrations of the student body will not be able to resolve.
President of NANS, Sunday Asefon stated this during the 40th anniversary of the association which held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja, on Thursday.
His words, “Perhaps the tertiary education sector in Nigeria is faced with one of the strongest tests in our history in the last few years. We have witnessed the total collapse of the sector as a result of the incessant strike.
“This challenge alone is bigger than what any NANS administration could resolve. However, our nation’s education system is on the brink and the entire nation must rise to the rescue. Where we go from here as a nation is dependent on how we collectively gather 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 taking its tore on the nation’s economy, security, and faith of the young people in the nation and its education system. We all must rise to the rescue.
“As we celebrate today, let us remember that we are only gathered here because education is part of our story and life, we must therefore do all it takes to ensure this part of our national life does not become a story of the past”.
NANS, which prides itself as the umbrella body of all Nigerian students (both home and abroad), has come under fire by stakeholders who accused the body of not pressuring the Federal Government and ASUU to find lasting solutions to incessant strikes in Nigerian universities.