– The Union of Nigerian students hold a peaceful protest over the reported failure the federal government to attend to the demands of striking tertiary institutions in the country
– Azeez Adeyemi, the spokesman for the union, says students will continue to carry out protests until the federal government implements the demands of the tertiary institution
– Adeyemi claims the quality of education in tertiary institutions across the country have dropped because of low funding from the federal government
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NAN) has threatened not to support the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general election if the president does agree to the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU).
Azeez Adeyemi, the spokesman for the union issued the threat on Monday, November 19, at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abeokuta, Ogun state, after a peaceful protest held over the reported failure of the federal government to attend to the demands of ASUU, Daily Trust reports.
He said Nigerian students will continue to carry out protests until the federal government implements the demands of the striking union.
“Mr. President, NANS is giving you this for free that, come 2019, we are going to show you the road, through our votes, to Daura if after today’s nationwide protest, you still did not respect the voice of over 50 million Nigerian students.
“We hereby call on the federal government to implement the demands of ASUU and COEASU, because, we have resolved not to go back on this struggle,” he said.
The spokesperson said the quality of education in tertiary institutions across the country had dropped because of low funding from the federal government.
“Our Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education laboratories are no more updated, no research apparatus; our lecture rooms are dilapidated,”Adeyemi stated.
“Education that our mates got for free, food that you got from our cafeteria for free during study is what you want to sell for us, we will resist it.
“Quality education and not just education is our property, we won’t buy it, and you cannot sell it to us,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, November 17, said the federal government is considering setting up an education bond to finance infrastructure in public universities.
Vanguard reports that the president made the disclosure at the University of Ibadan on the occasion of the institution’s 2018 convocation and 70th Foundation Day Ceremony.