The President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Comrade Sunday Asefon, has directed all members to join the planned protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress.
WuzupNigeria reports that the NLC had declared a two-day nationwide protest in solidarity with the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
ASSU commenced its nationwide strike on February 14 over the adoption of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System of the government as the payment system in the university sector, the poor funding of universities, non-payment of salaries and allowances of some of their colleagues, as well as the inability of the government to pay earned academic allowance to lecturers, among other issues.
In a statement signed in Abuja on Wednesday, Asefon informed all Nigerian students and her structures, SUG, JCC, ZONAL and National Executive Council to commence immediate mobilization to partake in the rescue mission of NLC slated for Tuesday, 26th July 2022 and Wednesday 27th July 2022.
He said, "On behalf of members of NANS, I wish to commend the National Leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress for their steadfastness and commitment to join forces with well-meaning Nigerians to advocate for the end of the protracted ASUU Strike.
"While NANS has organised various protests in the past with no substantial results, also our advocacy and consultation have not yielded any desirable result. We have activated a political solution and we are very hopeful that an end is in the purview.
"However, we are in total support of the planned protest by NLC as we believe this will stem up the advocacy and assist in no mean measure to put adequate pressure on the Federal Government to do all that is required to stop the strike.
"I, therefore, direct all NANS structures across the country to mobilize and join the NLC protest. NANS will only be involved in the mobilization of students to the protest sites and will act based on the direction provided by the NLC. NANS structures across the country shall submit to the leadership of NLC all through the protest.
"Once again, I commend NLC and its leadership for their thoughtfulness and solidarity at this critical time."