The National Association of Nigerian Students,NANS, Abia State Chapter on Monday paraded the streets of Umuahia in protest against the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) nationwide strike.
The demonstrators, who carried placards with different captions, pleaded with the Federal Government to negotiate with the striking lecturers to urgently end the strike action.
Some of the posters read: “Government don’t commercialise education”, “Save education, save the future”, “Seven per cent budgetary allocation is a misplaced priority,” among several others.
Cokey Nwachukwu, The NANS Representative, South East Zone, said that the students were tired of wasting away at home and were anxious to return back to school.
“Some of us are supposed to be doing four or five-year courses but as it is now, the years are likely to be extended because of the strike.
“Most of us that are supposed to be mobilised for the National Youth Service Corps are now sitting at home.
“Very soon, they will tell us they are going for general elections and will alter our academic calendar,” he said.
The students also urged the Federal Government to urgently address the security challenges in the country, especially in the North-East.