University students have threatened to disrupt the FIFA Under-17 World Cup competition holding in Nigeria in October and November if the government would by then still remain unwilling to resolve the strike embarked upon by lecturers.
The West African Students Association (WASA) and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) said all students at home and abroad support the lecturers because they are demanding a total restructuring of the education sector and not only their improved welfare.
In the meantime, the two unions have suspended their proposed strike planned for next week after they met the National Association of Parent Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) in Kaduna on Thursday.
Both WASA National President, Daniel Onjeh, and NANS President, Bashir Babanlle, said: “The government’s unwillingness to honour the agreements reached with ASUU since 2001 shows how (it) is treating the challenge of educational development with levity and without recourse to the fact that education is the bedrock of national development,” they said.
In line with the strike, the University of Benin chapter of the ASUU on Thursday backed out of the post-UME test of prospective students scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
The boycott was contained in a statement issued by the chapter Chairman, Kashetu Ilevbarhe, who described as appalling the decision of the UNIBEN administration to conduct the test in defiance of the industrial action.
ASUU President, Ukachukwu Awuzie, stressed at the University of Ibadan (UI) that the government is not helping the situation.