The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to stage a massive protest in the South South that will be worse than #EndSARS if the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) lingers.
NANS said it will make good its threat to cripple the economy if the Federal Government fails to return lecturers to the classrooms.
Addressing a briefing in Uyo over the weekend, the South-South Coordinator, NANS ZONE B, Comrade Kings Tamarapreye, said the association will stop at nothing till students return to their various schools.
Tamarapreye, who threatened that the next lines of actions by the students may be ‘worse than the #EndSARS protest, vowed the entire country will be shut down.
“As the leadership of NANS ZONE B, we wish to restate our total commitment towards the return of Nigerian students to the various campuses.
“We give a vote of confidence to comrade Usman Barambu-led administration for a job Well-done in bridging the gap between the federal government and the academic staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“We reaffirm our total stand by calling the ASUU body to honor the court order of reopening the institutions as we equally call on the federal government to as a matter of urgency subscribe to the demands of ASUU.
“It is on record that in this particular Zone (NANS Zone B, South-South), we have led several forms of protest to see how we can return students to school because the main that we were elected leaders is to prioritize the welfare of the students.
“It is a sad thing that for eight months now, Nigerian students are still at home. It is on record that we have blocked the roads of Akwa Ibom and the Cross River States in solidarity.
“There was a memo for the mobilization of the nation shut down and it is still on course. As were are appealing to ASUU to listen to the court order and return to school, if they fail, we will mobile and shut down the whole country because the federal government has been so nonchalant to education in this country.
“We all know that education in this country is underfunded and we will not fold our arms, it is time we take our destinies into our hands. In this South-South region, we are going to block the Port Harcourt International airport, block Calabar-Itu highway as well as other infrastructures,” he stated.