NANS Splits Over ASUU Strike

The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS) is now divided over the on-going strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The students union president, of the University of Ibadan, Babatunde Badmus, who gave the indication yesterday while featuring on a TV programme monitored in Ibadan, disclosed that the leadership of NANS led by Yinka Gbadebo had failed Nigerian students.

He alleged that the leadership of NANS jettisoned the interest of Nigerian students by using the strike to make money. “We young and vibrant, energetic, and student minded students union presidents in majority of Nigerian universities are not going along with the NANS leadership on this struggle. NANS ought to be a body that should fight for the rights and privileges of students and ensure that we have good education system alongside with ASUU and other student bodies.

“But in a situation whereby you have a NANS leadership that tours offices to collect money for their selfish interest and later go to shout and address the press, telling them lies that what ASUU is doing are wrong is totally unacceptable. ASUU is fighting for a very good education in the country,” he said.

Badmus hinted that the student body had uncovered plans by the federal government to kill public education so as to deny children of pepper sellers and Okada riders who cannot afford the exorbitant fees in private universities, education.

“We are ready to fight for our rights. We are not happy to be at home but we must tell the federal government to secure the future of our youths. I am not born with a silver spoon. I need a secured future for my children. That is why we are supporting the struggle of ASUU,” he said.

Source: Leadership News

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