PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE NANS JCC LAGOS SENATE ARM.
NANS JCC Lagos Senate Arm calls on the federal government to honor her agreement with the striking Academic Staffs Unions (ASUU and ASUP), especially on the need to revitalize the University Education System.
NANS JCC Lagos Senate Arm frowns at the unideological attitude of the NANS National President and His Delegation at their recent meeting with President Mohammad Buhari at the ASO Rock Villa.
NANS JCC Lagos Senate Arm support her JCC chairman to continue the Lagos Autonomy and nonalignment with NANS National President, Comr. Bamidele Danielson Akpan due to his consistent unpatriotic attitude in representing the Nigerian Students
We call on President Muhammad Buhari led federal government and its negotiations team with ASUU and ASUP, to meet the striking lecturers demands timely. We believe that to ensure access to quality and affordable education by Nigerian students, Nigeria government must be committed to proper funding of public University Education System for the need to revitalize the system, guarantee better pay, good welfare package for the University workers and provision of a quality living and learning conditions for Nigerian students.
It is obvious that the demands of the striking academic staffs unions (ASUU and ASUP) is anchored on the need to ensure both the academic staffs and Nigerian students get the best of tertiary education system. Over the years, Nigeria tertiary institutions administrators have resolved to _hiking of fees_ to augment their finances. We believe this won’t be necessary anymore if the federal government is committed to proper funding of her education system.
We hold that, the failure of the President Muhammad Buhari to issue a statement so far not even on the occasion of his birthday to appease the striking unions but rather calling on them to allow his administration focus on fixing infrastructure rather than distracting him is a _very big statement on how least the education sector is on his leadership agenda._
The president’s calling of NANS National president to plead with the striking union to call off the strike inspite not meeting their demands justify and confirms our position on President Muhammad Buhari administration as an _enemy of Nigerian students_.
We condemned in totality, the unprincipled act of the NANS National President and its non-students delegate to the ASO Rock Villa for a courtesy visit and birthday award presentation.
We believe the presentation of birthday gift to president Muhammad Buhari and the attempt of Comr. Bamidele Danielson Akpan to draw NANS into partisan politics to gather support/vote for the re-election bid of president in a period when Nigerian students are kept at home due to the failure of the federal government to resolve with the striking lecturers is not only unprincipled but shows that NANS National President has lost his sense of duty.
For us at NANS JCC Lagos Senate arm, we do not share the believe that the federal govt does not have enough fund to meet the striking lecturers demands, we believe it only requires a genuine pro-peoples government to do so. We therefore call on all Nigerian students home and abroad to join forces with the Labor Unions to compel President Muhammad Buhari led APC federal government to do the needful in resolving the demands of the union.
Not only that, we deem if fit, to call for the reinstatement of all suspended students union and students activist, stoppage of undue acceptance fee and tuition fee hike, provision of stable electricity supply, good hostel facilities, adequate lectures halls, laboratories, and inclusion of students representatives in the decision making organ of schools.
Lastly, we support the NANS JCC Lagos chairman on his call that Comr. Bamidele Danielson led NANS National should leave Lagos out of their tourism centre as we are responsible enough and we utmostly believe in the state JCC leadership to lead us aright without him coming to the state.
We are Lagos!!!
We are Unique!!!
Moshood Olalere Samuel
NANS JCC Lagos