NANS urges Fashola to release arrested students

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Representatives of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South West Zone, have appealed to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State to release students of Lagos State University who were arrested during the last school fees protest in Lagos.

Yakubu Eletu, one of the representatives of the group made the appeal when representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South West Zone paid the governor a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

Appealing to the governor he said some of the students have been asked to face the Senate because they protested over the increase in tuition fees while some were denied opportunity to go for their NYSC because the school management withheld their call up letters. “We want the governor to prevail on the VC to sheath his sword and allow the students who want to go for NYSC to do so" he pleaded.

Commenting on the hike in school fees, Fashola explained that the increase in fees was first and foremost as a result of government’s plan to up the status of the institution as was requested by some of the students. "We didn’t just wake up one day and decided to increase the tuition of the school but it was you the students who protested to the State House of Assembly to complain over the state of the school. And based on your complaints, we acted accordingly.

"Part of the recommendation by the visitation panel was that the tuition of the school should be increased for the progress of the school."

He told the visiting NANS team members that their actions and inactions as student leaders would define their perception of leadership both now and in the near future team, and urged them to brace up for future leadership. He called on students-bodies in the country to change its style of pressing home its demands.

He however pledged to always pursue policies that would enhance the standard of education in the state.

His words: "We are trying to give you the opportunity that we didn’t have, the opportunity to participate in the decisions that affects your life. The increment is some of the processes that we decided to take in order to prepare you for future leadership.”

 

 

 

Source Eberechi Obinagwam

Posted on August, 30 2014

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