A student association promises protest over Higher Institutions’ strike

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Nabilah AbdulGafar

Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neo Liberal Attacks (ANSA) under the leadership of Comrade Femi Adeyeye declared its plan to stage a protest against the government over the Academic of Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) ongoing strike.

The protest is slated for Monday, 2nd December, 2018 at Abeokuta, Ogun state.

This was said by the association’s leader in a press conference held yesterday, Thursday, November, 29, 2018 at Autobate secretariat Ogba, Lagos.

Femi, while addressing the issue also gave an explanation on the myriad of the neo liberal polices being thrust on the public education in Nigeria whereby the academic and non – academic staff as well as the students, are subjected to poor teaching and learning conditions.

He furthered condemned the introduction of ‘acceptance fees’ in Higher Institutions and the proposed policy on tuition fee in which the government kowtow with it.

“…it has come to our notice that administrations of the various higher institutions of learning in Nigeria now autonomously, forcefully and illegally charge students for “acceptance fee” and other obnoxious fees “, he said.

“And these fees are incessantly increased.

“Students are illegally charged to pay to accept their admissions when they are already offered.

“We see this as a capital extortion or in a more clear term, a criminal practice.”

He sighted the agreement of government to increase the tuition fee of Higher Institutions in 2014 in a committee led by Steve Orosanye with a consideration of 450,000 and 525,000 and a reconsideration in 2018 in a committee led by Wale Babaji amounting to 350,000 and 500,000.

The general secretary of ANSA, Comrade Obafemi Sodunola, in an interview with one of our correspondent cited the obnoxious state in which school fee was incessantly increased in his school; Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

Obafemi explained that in 2011 over 400% increment was made from 2,000 to 20,000 school fee and between 2013 to 2014, it incessantly increased from 20,000 to 57,000.

Obafemi claimed that in 2011 when Students Union Government interfered, OAU governing council claimed that internally generated funds would be used to cover up on the needs of the students, since the FGN is not meeting up with the needs of ASUU. And to his surprise, nothing of worth has been done so far by the school authority.

In a resolution made by the movement, Adekunle Ajani; the general secretary to the United Action for Democracy, while advising the FGN said:

“The real terrorist in this States is the Federal and State governments.”

“…when you do not fund what is stopping terrorism which is education; then you are indirectly funding terrorism.”

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