ASUU Strike: NANS Leadership Calls Off Plan To Blockade Abuja – Kaduna Highway
From:Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The leadership of Nigerian Students has called off a plan to obstruct vehicular traffic into Kaduna from Abuja to force the Federal Government to end the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ( ASUU ) for about eight months.
In a press briefing, Chairman Task Force on End ASUU strike, Comrade Dominic Philip said the decision not to go ahead with the planned blockade of Abuja – Kaduna Highway was arrived at after a series of meetings with security agencies and other important Stakeholders within the State and beyond.
Philip further noted that security concerns were raised at the meetings with heads of DSS, the Police, and Civil Defence who cited the volatile and peculiar nature of Kaduna State where hoodlums could easily hijack peaceful protests to maim members of the public and loot property.
“I must point out that our earlier decision was sheathed in the interest of the state , country and our people who may be victims of unforseen circumstances that may arise in event our good intention was abused by unscrupulous elements who do not mean well for our dear nation .
“We are however keeping our fingers crossed awaiting further instructions from our National leadership on next line of action .
“It is a sad and unbearable development having lost a whole academic session at home due to nonchalant attitude of the Federal Government to reach an amicable conclusion with ASUU to end its strike .
“Our Politicians , policy makers and of course the elite have their children schooling in expensive institutions abroad .
“We’re therefore not surprised about their indifference to pay due attention to education of the masses who form the bulk of the Country’s population .
“The die is cast as we face another election cycle next year which will afford us a vantage opportunity to discard this crop of politicians who do not mean well for us,” he lamented .