For at least 21 days, lecturers have downed tools to coerce the Nigerian government to meet an agreement it reached with a previous administration.

Students want to go back to school and they are appealing to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to heed their advice which they believe will end the strike. 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) wants ASUU to consider the proposal made by the Federal Government and call off their ongoing strike.

The spokesman for the student union, Bestman Okereafor, made the appeal in a statement issued in Enugu on Saturday.

The Federal Government had through its team engaged in dialogue with ASUU and had agreed to set up a seven-man joint committee to look into all ASUU demands.

It also agreed to release billions of Naira to meet universities infrastructural needs.

The current agreement was reached after about 12 hours and 30 minutes talks in Abuja on Thursday.

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Now, the students want ASUU to be considerate, even if the representatives of the union have said they would go back to the national executives of the union and members in different states before concrete decision on the government's proposal would be made.

“NANS is passionately appealing to ASUU to consider the offer made by the Federal Government in the interest of Nigerian students.

“Even as NANS delegation shall be meeting with Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President of ASUU and his executives next week on the resumption of classes in the universities,’’ he said.

Okereafor noted that NANS conclusively wish to reassure our compatriots that NANS under the watch of Aruna Kadiri is poised and committed to giving a more proactive and responsive representation to students.

“We are optimistic that the storm in the universities will be over soonest,’’ he added.

ASUU is expected to return to the Federal Government with its decision within a week.