Your Proposed Strike Action Insensitive, Callous – NANS Bemoans FUNAAB-NASU

ABEOKUTA – Coalition of Ogun State Students under the auspices of National Association of Nigerian Students and National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) have warned members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) branch to halt their their proposed industrial strike action scheduled for today or face the wrath of the students.

The students in a press release jointly signed by the NANS/JCC Ogun Chairman, Comr. Kehinde Damilola Simeon, Deputy Senate President, NANS National, Comr. Ekundina Segun Elvis, NANS Southwest Zone D Coordinator, Olatunji Adegboye, Ogunrombi Gbemileke, NAOSS Global President and Okereafor Opeyemi Bestman,
National President, PSM NIG described the NASU action as not only insensitive but callous.

They said embarking on another strike warning by the union after spending 8-months at home would not only subject the students to further psychological trauma but time wastage and perplexity.

The students urged NASU to devise alternative means of pursuing their rights and allow common sense to prevail.

They warned that if the union failed to heed their appeal, they would go against the union.

“If carried out, this course of action will be inimical to the best service delivery practice they swore to provide, detrimental to our collective future and contradicts everything that NASU stands for.

“We believe that most of NASU members are also parents, we therefore implore the union to seek an alternative medium in pursuing their rights and allow common sense to prevail as the students should not be subjected to further distress.

“While we recognize their right to seek for redress, we still maintain that choosing to boycott work at this critical period is not only insensitive but also callous.

“The union should allow work to continue while channeling their grievances through other means so that normalcy and stability can be restored in the university.

“If heeded, this singular action will be seen as solidarizing with the students and make us sympathetic to NASU’s cause.
However, embarking on actions contrary to the above will consequently pitch the students against the school’s Non-academic staff. This will put us under constraint to engage in direct face off with the culprits.

“We must affirm again, that this struggle to emancipate our future from being used as collateral damage isn’t about FUNAABITES alone but has become that of all Ogun State students and by extension that of the South West.

“We hereby seriously warn the few bad eggs in NASU to desist from any attempt truncate campus activities as we expect the FUNAAB management to announce resumption plans imminently.

“We are willing, able, and ready to mobilize massively to stampede this politically motivated action. At no point in time shall we sit and watch our collective future being used to settle scores. This despiteful venture shall be vehemently resisted now and in the future.”

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