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ASUU STRIKE: ‘They Care About Their Children In Ukraine But Have No Empathy For Us’ — NANs Attacks FG (Details below)

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has claimed that the reason the Nigerian Government quickly evacuated its citizens in Ukraine was because some of their children were studying there.

NANS President, Sunday Asefon, accused the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of having no empathy for the plight of Nigerian students who are currently at home as a result of the ongoing ASUU strike.

The NANS President said this while addressing the press during the association’s protest where students had resumed their academic activities at what they called the ‘University of the Street’ at the Unity Fountain in Abuja on Monday.

Asefon, other members of NANS and students of federal universities were present at the ‘University’ with white boards and markers to conduct their lectures, pots and cooking utensils to prepare lunch for themselves while holding banners and placards in protest.

“It seems that our two parents, the ASUU and the FG, have no empathy for the Nigerian students. They have failed to arrive at an agreement that will put an end to this strike. While we are calling on the Federal Government, which is a senior parent, to find a lasting solution to this matter, we are still coming here.

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“We are coming in batches because we are resuming today at our new University. It is not a one-day show, it will be a continuous exercise. We are expecting our colleagues from other states to join us. Students from Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi are close,” Asefon said.

The NANS President said they would commence lectures at the ‘new university’ but when they have a reasonable number of students, they would take the protest to the streets.

“We will be resuming here, like I have said, but by the time we have a reasonable number of students, we may decide to leave our campus and have the lectures on the streets. And I urge all my colleagues who are still at home to join us, this is not child’s play.

“We cannot continue this way. It is only those that wear the shoe that know where it pinches. It is only those that attend public schools that know where the problem lies,” he said.

Asefon said while he commended the Federal Government on swift evacuation of Nigerian students in Ukraine, they only responded so quickly to the situation because it is their children who school abroad in the first place.

“If we look at the number of students in Ukraine and observe the way our leaders take it so seriously, it is because their children are there schooling and they have to find a means of evacuating them. Have you ever seen the Speaker of the House of Reps speak on the ASUU strike? Have you ever seen the Senate President say anything about it? No, because it is only those who wear the shoes that knows where it pinches.

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“Despite the fact that I commend the federal government’s proactiveness in for evacuating our colleagues in Ukraine back to Nigeria, I also challenge them that it is because of insincerity on their part for not giving us a suitable environment to study, that Nigerians are leaving this place to go and study outside the country.

“But if we had a better university system in Nigeria, the number of people leaving to go and study abroad would be much less. So we want our government to fund our education sector properly,” Asefon said.

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