NANS has given UNILAG 48 hours to reverse increased school fees.
Glamtush reports that the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has given the management of the University of Lagos, 48 hours to reverse the increased school fees and refund the students that have paid.
This online newspaper understands that the student body also called on all the tertiary institutions and Unity Schools across the country to desist from the increment of school fees, as it would continue to mobilize its members nationwide to protest such moves.
NANS made this known on Thursday at the press conference held at the International Press Centre, Lagos, in reaction to the disruption of its peaceful protest by the operatives of the Nigeria police which took take place at UNILAG.
The press statement was co-signed by NANS National Public Relations Officer, Giwa Temitope; NANS National Vice President External, Akinteye Afeez; NANS National Deputy Senate President, Ekundina Elvis; NANS Chairman JCC, Lagos, Alimi Idris; and NANS Director Special Duties (Southwest), Adegboye Adeboye.
Vanguard reported yesterday that the policemen fired tear gas to disrupt peaceful protesting students at the frontage of the UNILAG.
The statement read, “We want to start this press conference by commending the mass of Nigerian students who came out yesterday, defying police repression, and threats from the arrogant authorities of the University of Lagos.
“We salute the courage of students of the University of Lagos. We acknowledge the leadership of the NANS Lagos, Ogun Joint Campus Committees, and the entire Joint Campus Committee in South West and Zone D leadership itself.
“We commend students from the Lagos State Polytechnic and students from other tertiary institutions who came out yesterday. We give special mentions to the Obafemi Awolowo University Students Union, and the University of Ibadan Students Union for their uncommon show of solidarity. Yesterday, you all sent a strong message about the powers inherent in our collective voice.
“We want to state that the repression that was meted out on our protest yesterday in what we best term an ‘absurd’ astronomical increase in fees payable at the University of Lagos is condemnable and the height of recklessness on the part of the Police Force.
“Going as far as dispersing a peaceful gathering of students against the absurdity is in itself an absurdity and, as an association, we condemn it in clear terms. Students, and, indeed, the Nigerian people must be free to exercise their freedom as explicitly stated in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) most especially Section 40 which provides for the right to peaceful assembly and association.”
It noted, “We m ust state categorically that our decision to protest the fee hike was reached after the management of the University of Lagos failed to meet the terms of the agreement met with us on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023 where the VC assured us that the fee will be reversed to the initial price and then reviewed through a joint body of students and management staff of the University.