Mr. Yinka Gbadebo, Presi
dent, National Association of Nigerian Students
(NANS), said on Wednesday that cumulatively, 30
months were lost in 10 years to strike action by
Gbadebo told newsmen in Lagos that this statistic
provided a platform for questioning the use of
strikes as a weapon of seeking redress.
He urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU) members to embrace further dialogue and
return to work in the interest of peace and Nigerian
The NANS president said that students were always
at the receiving end, losing precious time each time
ASUU and their employers were in disagreement.
He said NANS was no longer comfortable with the
effects of protracted and incessant strikes on the
lives of the students.
“We hereby disagree with ASUU on the notion that
an immediate release of N400 billion per annum as
being demanded will phase out the myriads of
problems confronting our universities.
“This is not to celebrate the government, which in
an unprecedented manner, had shown responsibility
and concern by releasing N100 billion for
infrastructural development in our universities
including those that are state owned,’’ he said.
Gbadebo said that NANS
would continue to encourage the government not to
close its doors to negotiations, but inject more funds
into the entire education sector, and not just the
“It is on this basis that we want to state our
traditional demand that government must be made
to commit at least 26 per cent of our annual budget
to the education sector as the minimum
recommendation by UNESCO,” Gbadebo said.