by Solomon Osadolo
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened that it will shut down academic activities in private universities across the country if the Federal Government fails to urgently accede to the demands of striking Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) members. According to the body, they might have to resort to such an action so that the FG and prominent Nigerians whose children were in private universities would intervene in the matter.
The students said this during a protest in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
According to the NANS Director of Action and Mobilisation in the South-West, Sunday Asefon, the protesters were annoyed by the Federal Government’s insensitivity to the plight of the students and the falling education standard in the country.
He said: “With the tremendous upswing in the revenue at the disposal of the Nigerian government, one would have expected such to translate to commensurate improvement in the quality of Nigeria’s public education as well as other social services”.
The students’ leader also urged state universities, including Ekiti State University (EKSU), Lagos State University (LASU), Osun State University and Olabisi Onabanjo University to reduce their school fees with immediate effect in the interest of education development.
Another student leader, the Co-ordinator, Joint Campus Committee (JCC), Mr. Bewaji Oluwadamilare, berated the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, over her recent comment on the ongoing strike embarked upon by university teachers, describing the comment as unfortunate.