The executives of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Kwara State chapter, have distanced themselves from the directive by the national body of the association to occupy the nation’s airports across the country in protest against the seven months old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
At a meeting with the new Commissioner of Police, Kwara State Command, Paul Odama, the President of the Students Union, Kwara State chapter, Suleiman Yusuf Issa, reaffirmed his support to the state police command.
He pledged not to do anything that would jeopardize the existing relationship with the police and the fragile peace existing in the state.
The students union leader reiterated the unalloyed collaboration between the police and the association, promising not to do anything that could be counter productive to the economy of the state.
He said the protest was only limited to the Zone D axis of the association, which comprises states in the South West, while Kwara State belongs to the North Central zone.
He thanked the CP for inviting him and his executives to the meeting, assuring the CP of full cooperation with the state police command to ensure peace on the issue.
The commissioner of police, Kwara State Police Command, Paul Odama, held a consultative meeting with the president and some executive members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Kwara State chapter on the need to stop the planned shutting down of flight operations of the airports in the South West zone including Ilorin International Airport, in compliance with the directive of the national students body in solidarity with members of ASUU who are on strike.
The CP spoke to the students leaders on the need to set aside the planned protest and allow the government and ASUU settle their differences amicably.
CP Paul Odama, made it clear to the students that he was ready at all times to cooperate with the students as well as expecting them to reciprocate, explaining to them the danger inherent in embarking on such economic damaging protest which could be hijacked by hoodlums, like it happened during the End SARS protest of 2020.