Strike: Nigerian Students, NANS Rules Out Any Form Of Negotiation With ‘Insincere’ House Of Reps Speaker, Gbajabiamila - Mc Ebisco Strike: Nigerian Students, NANS Rules Out Any Form Of Negotiation With ‘Insincere’ House Of Reps Speaker, Gbajabiamila - Mc Ebisco
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Strike: Nigerian Students, NANS Rules Out Any Form Of Negotiation With ‘Insincere’ House Of Reps Speaker, Gbajabiamila

The National Association of Nigerian Students has said that its leadership isn’t interested in any meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Gbajabiamila had in a letter signed by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Yahaya Danzarta, and addressed to the President of university lecturers association, Emmanuel Osodeke, expressed his concern over the failed negotiations between the Federal Government and the union, asking to meet with the union on Tuesday.
However, NANS spokesperson, Giwa Yisa Temitope in a statement said the association had no reason to hold any meeting with an “insincere character like Gbajabiamila, who, despite the fact that students had been at home for seven months left the country to enrol in academic studies in a foreign country.”
It urged the Nigerian government to resolve the lingering crisis in the educational sector within seven days and return Nigerian students back to our campuses.
The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to news in circulation that there is a planned meeting between the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the national leadership of our association.
“We want to state categorically that nothing of such exists. We have no reason to hold any meeting with an insincere character like Gbajabiamila, who, despite the fact that students have been at home for seven months left the country to enrol in academic studies in a foreign country. This already insults the collective intelligence of Nigerian students and suffering lecturers.
“As an association, we are not interested in any form of negotiation with Gbajabiamila. And, we also call on the President to do the needful and pay ASUU. And we also state that our protest is not against the Lagos State government but the Federal Government which is why we have been occupying Federal Government facilities in States.
“We ask; what is there to negotiate since 2011 when the Agreement drafted in 2009 was signed? After all, this same government just dashed billionaires Dangote and his friends a whopping N16trillion in Tax Waivers. What manner of rulers do we have? What negotiations did the government do to just waste trillions?
“It is clear that Speaker Gbajabiamila and the Buhari government hate Public Education in the country. They shout “negotiations, negotiations” when it comes to working for the collective interests of the people but do not care about any negotiations when they dash rogues, kidnappers, and swindlers our national patrimony.
“NANS hereby gives the Federal Government just seven working days to resolve the lingering crisis in the educational sector and return Nigerian students back to our campuses. If they do not, the Monday shutdown of the airports and the whole of Lagos would be just testing the microphone.
“We thank all students for their great standings and solidarity yesterday. We ask parents to please understand that it is our future and our destinies. We cannot allow government swindlers to deny us of these social necessities while they prepare their children abroad with sophisticated education.
“Another Nigeria with free, qualitative, and compulsory education is very possible when our government show some sincerity! No Education! No Movement!”