Strike: ‘Polys, COEs stu­dents may dis­rupt con­fab’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

Nige­rian stu­dents may dis­rupt the Na­tional Con­fer­ence if the on­go­ing strike by the poly­tech­nics and ed­u­ca­tion col­leges is not re­solved.

Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian Stu­dents (NANS), Yinka Gbadebo, said this yes­ter­day at the ple­nary ses­sion of the con­fer­ence.

He said the con­fer­ence should take de­ci­sions that would stop in­ter­mit­tent strikes in higher in­sti­tu­tions of learn­ing and pro­vide jobs for the job­less.

He said Aca­demic Staff Union of Poly­tech­nics ( ASUP) and their coun­ter­parts in the Col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion have been on strike in the last eight months.

Gbadebo said 90 per­cent of the del­e­gates at the con­fer­ence never ex­pe­ri­enced strikes dur­ing their days in ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions and as such would not un­der­stand what it means to be left at home be­cause of strike by teach­ers.

“Our poly­tech­nics and col­leges of ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents have been at home in the last eight months. It is not sur­pris­ing if they de­cide to storm this con­fer­ence. They tried to dis­rupt the in­au­gu­ra­tion of this con­fer­ence when the pres­i­dent came here. They may try it again,” he said.

Gbadebo said it is high time the con­fer­ence de­cided on en­sur­ing the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of sug­ges­tions to be ad­vanced at the end of the con­fer­ence and that such sug­ges­tions must take the is­sues of Nige­rian youths se­ri­ously.

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