The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued a 10-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to resolve the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Union.
President of the student body, Aruna Kadiri, said the union would embark on a mass protest nationwide if the issues raised by JOHESU were not addressed before the end of the 10-ultimatum by the government.
Kadiri said some students in major campuses had been forced to return home because they could not access medical care when they fell ill while the condition of others had gone critical due to the ongoing strike by the health workers.
Kadiri said: “If it is not resolved before then (10-day ultimatum) we will come out enmasse and occupy the streets until government takes us back to our campuses.
“We hope it does not get to that stage. We will give government some time to resolve the issues.
“We are still gathering information on the number of students in our campuses who have returned home and those whose condition has become critical for the unavailability of health workers in the hospitals.”
Kadiri said NANS had appealed to JOHESU to suspend its strike in the interest of millions of Nigerians and their families who were bearing the brunt of the action.
The NANS President advised doctors who were still in hospitals not to obstruct the ongoing talks between the government and JOHESU.
Kadiri said: “The health union is requesting for the implementation of the adjusted consolidated salary structure.
“We gather that the medical doctors have been addressing conferences and trying to distract the Federal Government from resolving the issues with JOHESU. We warn that the doctors must work to resolve the crisis and not to fuel it further.
“NANS pleads with the union to suspend its strike in the interests of millions of Nigerian students and their families. We give the Federal Government a 10-day ultimatum to dialogue with the striking health workers.”