Yahaya Bello, Kogi State governor
The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) on Saturday gave seven days ultimatum to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to unconditional reopen the state university in Anyigba.
A statement signed by the National President of NANS, Mr Tijani Shehu, in Abuja, stated that the ultimatum would take effect from July 4.
It said that the association called on the governor to immediately address their requests bordering on the state’s economy, welfare of Nigerian students of Kogi State origin and state workers.
It said that failure of the government to do so; the association student would stage a protest on the streets of the state capital, Lokoja.
It said that the position of the association was based on the preliminary report from its Joint Campus Committee, Kogi State chapter.
The statement said that the association expressed displeasure on “perpetual refusal” to resolve the crisis that led to the continued closure of the university.
It said that the strike had kept the students at home for about three months, thereby, making most of them vulnerable to social vices and crimes.
“We also decried the refusal of Kogi State Government to continue the age long policy of bursary and scholarship payment to Kogi students even when we know the state has not been this buoyant in the last one year.
“It is our advocacy that the educational sector be accorded it rightful place in accordance to the UNESCO resolutions on educational development globally.
“Also of serious concern is the continue withholding of three state allocations plus bailout funds meant to ameliorate the long suffering workers whose children are already out of school,” it added.
The statement said that the association also condemned what it described as the crippling of the banking sector in the state as a result of the poor policy of the state government.
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Source:: PM Newspaper