The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has asked Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state to reverse tuitions of the state owned tertiary institutions his administration increased.
The Association also dismissed a report that students had endorsed the governor for a second term, noting that the Akeredolu’s administration had inflicted untold hardship on its members in the last three years.
Addressing newsmen in Akure, Comrade Ojo Raymond, NANS Vice President External Affairs, who was flanked by NAOSS President and other leaders of NANS, said Nigerian students are watching all the aspirants across parties, looking at their credentials, manifestoes and blueprint, to improve the educational sector and other sectors of the state.
Raymond said no aspirant had been adopted contrary to rumour in the public domain.
Here is the full text of the press briefing;
NIGERIAN STUDENTS DID NOT ENDORSE GOVERNOR ROTIMI AKEREDOLU: DEMAND REVERSAL OF TUITION FEES HE INCREASED.
The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS is reputably the umbrella body of students of Nigeria origin, both within and abroad.
We have noticed with utmost dismay the news of the purported endorsement of the incumbent governor of Ondo state, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu by students in the state. We saw it in public domain like other students and the general public. In the pictures making the rounds, the governor was seen raising four fingers of his two hands up, alongside his chief of staff and some students.
We have not endorsement governor Akeredolu or any aspirant for that matter.
The students movement is not known for such alliance, especially with a government that has constantly disregarded the Union and her million of members in the state, thereby causing untold hardship on the flow system of education and students welfare.
Nigerian students are watching all the aspirants across parties, looking at their credentials, manifestoes and blueprint, to improve the educational sector and other sectors of the state.
The alleged fraud of 4.3billion naira, a state resources saved by the previous government has remained in secrecy. We have it on good authority that 430million naira paid to a consultancy firm belonging to one of the governor’s family member and the complete disregard to all questions is not only appalling but gross failure in service to the people.
We have all documents concerning this transaction. Nigerian students, hence demand that the governor give a response to this immediately.
Freedom of information act has empowered every Nigerian to seek clarity in all transactions and businesses of government. Government activities and transactions should not be done in secrecy, students and Ondo state people demand clarifications.
The governor has not addressed very germane issues that affects our members and the educational sector, how can cheap endorsement be sought?
We demand that the governor should address also the following;
A. Understaffing of OSUSTECH
B. Unpaid salary of staff in the state owned tertiary institutions
C. Mobility for students on campuses and other basic amenities
D. Deteriorating structures.
E. REDUCTION OF FEE PAYABLE ACROSS ONDO STATE INSTITUTION.
The plight of students under the present government has increased astronomically.
The governor since assumption of office increased tuition fees from an average of 30 thousand naira to 150, in Akungba and from 70 to 150 thousand, 200 thousand in Osustech.This has led to thousands of students dropping out from various academic pursuit.
We unequivocally demand the reversal of the tuition fees which you increased sir.
Finally, we urge all good spirited sons and daughters of the state, who have ambition to govern our state to continue as we are observing and following on your manifestoes.
Nigerian students in Ondo state will determine who becomes the governor of Ondo state come 10th October election.
Nothing shall discourage us!
COMR. OJO RAYMOND
NANS VICE PRESIDENT EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
COMR: AKINTEYE BABATUNDE
NANS JCC ONDO AXIS
COMR. KIKIOWO AYOADE, PRESIDENT NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ONDO STATE STUDENTS
ALL SUG PRESIDENTS IN ONDO STATE.