Haruna Kadiri, the factional president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) led a protest to the Ministry of Education in Abuja.
The protest was in preparation for Thursday’s meeting with the Federal government over the ASUU strike.
He said that students were the ones who suffered for the disputes between university lecturers and the government.
Kadiri stated: “We are here to demand to know when the strike would be called off. The government has not been tackling the issues that led to the strike, but politicising them and dividing the ranks of the lecturers.”
The factional president also said that Federal and State University graduates were made to look unattractive to the labour market which he said often preferred graduates from private universities who concluded their academic programmes within the normal length of time.
He also added: “We are issuing a two-week ultimatum for the strike to be resolved. If after the ultimatum, the FG and ASUU didn’t resolve the strike, the next protest will not be peaceful. We would carry out civil unrest and we are ready to be detained in the guardroom.”
Sonny Echono, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education spoke to the students and promised them that the government was working to resolve the problem.