ASUU Strike: NANS Cautions Daniel
National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Ogun State chapter has cautioned the governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel on the various fees increments in the state higher institutions and protracted strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the Olabisi Onabanjo University and Tai Solarin University of Education, both in Ogun State, saying that if the strike and fee increment persist, it may not have choice than to begin protests all over the state.
"Education is no longer affordable for the sons and daughter of poor, donâ€™t privatise our institutions" Adeyemi Azeez, the NANS chairman of Ogun State told the state government in a press statement made available to THISDAY yesterday. Adeyemi retorted that it amounts to mere extenuation, the position of the state government that it cannot meet up with the lecturersâ€™ demand due to financial problem in the state.
Adeyemi however explained that â€˜â€™while ASUU insist on â€œOPERATION MEET ALLâ€ the state government claims that the funding process of the state has been stifled, as such the state government is financially handicapped for now to meet up with all the demands of ASUUâ€™, adding that â€˜based on the positions of the two parties (ASUU and GOVT), the entire Nigerian Students in Ogun State passionately appeal to both parties, ASUU in particular to please help find a way of resolving" the matter.
On the pixilated increase of school fees which has become an annual festival in the state, the students group posited that the increase is anti people taking into consideration that the state remains a civil service state, thus parentâ€™s incapacity to afford payments.
"While we commend the intervention of the state government after our previous press conference , in which we called on the state government to prevail over the management of OOU and MAPOLY.
We equally use this medium once again to further appeal â€œAS OLIVER TWISTâ€ to further intervene in this issue by setting up a panel, which will accommodate student leaders, as the reduction made presently is too small", the students added.