The President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Sunday Asefon, has vowed to shut down all private universities in the country if the nine-month strike embarked on by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities lingers.
Speaking during a live interview on PUNCH Online interview programme – The Roundtable, the president expressed displeasures that the gate of public varsities have been shut since March 2020.
Asefon who disclosed that NANS would engage the Federal Government representatives and ASUU leaders to find a lasting solution to resolve the stalemate in negotiations between the two arms, warned that NANS would shut down all tertiary institutions in the country if the move fails.
According to him: “In the history of ASUU strike, this is the longest ASUU strike so far, going to nine months now. My administration frowns at it. We will be meeting with the representatives of the Federal Government and that of ASUU to see how the two can shift grounds so that our students can go back to the classroom. It is just a story of where two elephants fight, the grass that suffers.
“There must be a lasting solution, ASUU must stop this strike and Federal Government must listen to ASUU. The two should synergise, they should pity the common students who have been at home.