The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Plateau on Monday staged a peaceful protest in Jos over the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Newsmen recalls that ASUU had commenced a one-month warning strike to press home their demands.
The union had alleged that the Federal Government had failed to honour the agreement it entered with ASUU since 2009.
Mr Na’allah Nanzim, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), NANS Zone C, who spoke during the protest, said that the peaceful protest was basically to express students’ grievances over the incessant strikes by ASUU.
According to Nanzim, the protest was also to intimate both the government and ASUU that education is the right of every Nigerian child, hence the need for them to find a common ground.
He maintained that students suffered serious setbacks in their academic journeys anytime ASUU embarked on strike action.
“We are actually here to express our grievances to the federal government and ASUU over the incessant strikes.
“We are here to make a statement, that education is a right and the consistent strikes are gradually killing the education system in Nigeria.
“We want the Federal Government to know that we are critical stakeholders in the education sector and these strikes are really affecting our academic journey.
“When ASUU and government have issues, it’s the students that suffer and this protest is to show how unhappy we are over the regular strikes,” he said.
Nanzim said that the students would continue to hold such protest until ASUU and government reached a reasonable agreement.