Lagos - The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Monday appealed to the Federal Government, university lecturers and polytechnic teachers to resolve their face-off for the sake of students.
The President of NANS, Yinka Gbadebo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that students had continued to be victims of conflicts between lecturers and governments.
NAN reports that university teachers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on an infinite strike on July 1 to protest non implementation of a part of an agreement it had with the Federal Government in 2009.
The agreement includes adequate funding of universities and university autonomy.
Lecturers in polytechnics, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) have been on strike for months, also over Federal Government’s non implementation of an agreement.
Gbadebo said that NANS members were angry at the lingering face-off which crippled academic activities in universities and polytechnics.
He said that the union was not in support of ASUU, ASUP or the Federal Government, and wanted an end to the strikes which, he said, made the students idle.
He said that the students were suffering unjustly.
"Students were not part of the plans for the strikes; we were not consulted before the action.
"The strikes are causing setbacks for students who must have planned their future; we cannot condone this anymore.
"We shall no longer accept strikes, as we are always at the receiving end," he said.