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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to shut down Kaduna State in 14 days if the Governor of the State, Mallam Nasir El Rufai does not reverse his order, increasing the School fees of all tertiary institution in the State.
The students in their opinion said that Kaduna State ,according to them “is suffering from a lot of issues of banditry” should declare total free education and not be thinking of school fees increase.
The students who spoke in a press briefing in Abeokuta on Monday, through the President, COMR AMB Okereafor Bestman said despite the fact that the northern part of the country has the highest number of out-of-school students in the country presently, the Governor is still increasing school fees.
According to him doing this is a clear indication that students in Kaduna State and other Northern States in the country are being denied affordable and qualitative education.
The Student leader believes that there is no excuse for any government to increase school fees and that students constituency should not be run as an avenue to seek funds.
He added that the sector should not be seen as an avenue to generate Internally Generated Revenue rather it should be seen as an avenue to prepare the youth who are called the leaders of tomorrow for the future.
His words “at the expiration of the 14 days Nigerian students will be relocating to Kaduna State to shut down the State until the schools fees is reversed to its status quo.
“We the Nigerian students are youths, ultimately all the Nigerian youths are students at such Nigerian students as the largest concentration of youths in the country and we are different from the ASUU or NLC, this is Nigerian Students and we have our way, we would speak to him in the language he will understand as Nigerian students.
“We have three C’s in Aluta,we have the consultation, the consolidation before the confrontation and approach and part of the consolidation is what we are doing by addressing this Press Conference to persaude him to return the school fees back to status quo in the best interest of the Nigerian students and in the best interest of out of school student in that axis.
“Not even a State like Kaduna that is suffering from a lot of banditry, we expect the Kaduna State Governor to declare a total free Education in Kaduna State, I wonder how many students want to go to Kaduna State now to study because of the high insecurity in the State only for him to skyrocket the fees of all State owned tertiary institution in the State making it unbearable for Nigerians even despite the fact that the Northern part of the country as the highest number of out of school students in the country presently.
“Increasing the school fees is a clear indication that students in Kaduna State and other Northern States in the country are refused affordable and qualitative education.
“There is no excuse for any government to increase school fees for whatsoever reason, in as much as we are concerned as progressive minded Nigeria students leaders, we believe the government is at liberty to diversify and seek funds but Nigeria students Constitutency should not be seen as an avenue to sought funds, Nigerian students Constitutency should not be seen as avenue to generate IGR rather it should be seen as an avenue to prepare the youth who are called the leaders of tomorrow for the future in other for us to take our leadership positions in the best interest Nigerian youths and Nigerian students”.
Okereafor also said that the Association is dissociating themselves from a purpoted meeting of the association leaders with Sheik Gumi who according to them is a “known friend of notorious bandits, kidnapping, raping and killing our students”.