NANS condemns at proscription of SUGs, high school fees

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has condemned the proscription of student union government in some tertiary institutions and the imposition of sundry fees on students that is gradually taking education out of the reach of an average Nigerian student.

The position of the student body was stated in Lagos by the newly elected coordinator, NANS south west, Zone D, Samuel Olawale, while briefing journalists on the recent election of new officers for the zone.

“In the south west presently, institutions like U.I, UNILAG, YABATECH, OAU, GAPOSA and Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, are without substantive student union government. We express our disappointment at the lack of students representative bodies in these reputable institutions in our zone.

“Student Union Governments are the voices of the Nigerian students on their respective campuses. They agitate hard and collectively protect the interest of the students and also protect the students from all forms of oppression and intimidation from Institution management and government.

“Noting the celestial forces and power in collective bargaining of the Students’ Union Government and how much threat it poses to undo oppression and intimidation of Nigerian students, managements of tertiary institutions choose to be undemocratic by proscribing our SUGs making the students voiceless in their own campuses and exposed to oppression and intimidation,* he said.

Olawale also lamented the fact that the country has not met international standards regarding budgetary allocations to education, saying it was negatively affecting the provision of qualitative education to the citizens.

“We call on concerned parties to desist from the hike in tuition fee of institutions and also put a stop to payment of undue and exploitative charges levied on Nigerian students. We equally call on government at all levels to implement the recommendation of UNESCO to allocate 26% of the total budget of the nation for education,”  he stressed.

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