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Ekeomah Atuonwu

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have staged a protest against the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) ongoing strike.

The students gathered at Unity Fountain in Abuja on Monday morning, led by the national president, Sunday Asefon, holding banners and chanting songs of support.

The protest was also staged in several states, including Kano State’s Kofar Nasarawa; Plateau State’s Jos; Niger State’s Minna; Taraba State’s Jalingo; Ekiti State’s Ekiti; and Oyo State’s Oyo State.

Africa Equity Media had reported  a similar case in Ghana that Universities in Ghana were at the verge of closing unless dons who have been on strike for over four weeks return to work.

Nigerian Students  are calling on the Nigerian government to heed the demands of the Universities Union through peaceful protests /Courtesy/

According to the lecturers’ organization, the government has refused to implement a wage policy that sets their basic income and market premium at $2,084 USD.

A follow up to that report reveals that over 73 percent of lecturers across some six public universities in the country, have voted against the decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC), of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), to suspend its current nationwide strike.

Education in some parts of Africa is currently threatened by strikes and government’s failure to meet the demands of the lecturers. In light of this, the duration of a student’s study is prolonged and most times the frustration leads to the high rate of illiteracy in Africa.

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