Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State
Abiodun Onafuye/ Abeokuta
A showdown seems to be brewing in the North Central State of Niger State as the National Association of Nigeria Students,NANS has given the state government a seven-day ultimatum to address both open and salient issues raised in the memo sent to it.
The students group threatened that if government fails to do so, it will stage a three day “Occupy NIGER” protest, by which it hopes to shut down the state. The ultimatum begins to count from Tuesday 10 May.
The students issued the threat in a letter addressed to the State governor, Alhaji (Dr.) Abubakar Sani Bello on Saturday which was signed by Comrade Faruk Musa.M. and Comrade Ismail Oyebanji, the Chairman and Secretary, Joint Campus Committee,JCC/NANS,Zone A,Niger axis respectively.
In the letter, titled,”When silence is no longer Golden”, the students decried the situation of things in the State, especially,in the education sector and asked government to redeem it from “the jaws and claws of hawks, who do not mean well for the states.
Among the demands of the students are:
*immediate convocation of town hall meeting/parley with the leadership of the Union
*introduction of Overseas Scholarship in specialized fields like; Medicine, Nursing, as well as restructuring the moribund bursary scheme inherited from the previous administration.
* declaration of state of emergency in the Polytechnic Zungeru, College of Agriculture, Mokwa, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University, Lapai and all health institutions in the state
* appointment of some qualified past leaders of the Union into the government.
The students reminded the governor of the roles played by their members and past leaders during the last general elections, where most of them supported the present government.
“We mobilized our members to follow your campaigns for months, as well as voted massively at the polls for you, defying all the money …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper