Students of the Kogi State University, Ayangba, have appealed to lecturers to call off their three months old strike.
The students, under the aegis of National Association of Kogi State Students (NAKOSS), made the appeal on Tuesday in Lokoja during a press conference.
The President of the association, Mr Ahamadu Ibrahim, told newsmen that students and parents had been at the receiving end of the lecturers’ action, saying it was the time they have a rethink.
”We are tired of staying at home. Since Gov. Yahaya Bello had already met 80 per cent of their demands, the lecturers should call off the strike to pave a way for the remaining unresolved matters to be thrashed through roundtable discussion,” he pleaded.
While commending Governor Bello’s administration for its efforts to take education out of the woods and pleaded with stakeholders in the sector to cooperate and support the government, NAKOSS president urged the lecturers to be mindful of the negative implications of the continued closure of the institution.
According to him, the future of the state and its citizens were at stake. Speaking on the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) ultimatum to Kogi government over the strike by the lecturers in KSU, he said, ”Two wrongs will never make a right. NAKOSS dissociates itself from the position of NANS.”
”We believe that Governor Yahaya Bello should rather be commended for his efforts at reaching out to the lecturers to prevail on them to suspend the strike,” Ibrahim said.