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Published On: Tue, Aug 26th, 2014

NANS protest victimization of LASU students

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Ayodele Samuel and Akilani Abdullah, Lagos National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS South West yesterday said students who participated in the protest over the increase in the school fees of the Lagos State University, LASU are being victimized by the institution management. The student union, who disclosed this while presenting certificate of commendation to Fashola added that the management of the institution is victimizing the students with its policies and decisions. NANS chairman, Lagos State,Yakubu Eletu, lamented that “some of the students have been asked to face the senate while some are being denied the opportunity to go for their National Youth Service Corps, NYSC because they protested over the increase in school fees.” In order to deny students the opportunity to serve their fatherland, Eletu said that the school management withheld their call up letters sent from NYSC headquarters, Abuja. He said “We want the governor to prevail on the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Obafunwa to sheath his sword and allow the student who wants to go for NYSC to do so” and others not to face any panel. Eletu argued that since the fee has been reduced by the governor, there is no need for the school management to victimize anyone. They however appealed to Fashola to prevail on his Ogun state counterpart, Senator Ibikunle Amosun to re-open the Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago-Iwoye and to revert the tuition of the institution. The student’s union noted a move which had led to face-off, between the students and the Ogun state government. Responding, Fashola urged the leadership of student unions across the country to brace up for future leadership roles in the country, saying they should “use student unionism as a platform and opportunity to prepare themselves for future leadership that earnestly awaits them.” The governor argued that actions and inactions as student leaders would define their perception of leadership both now and in the near future. While calling on students-body in Nigeria to change its style of pressing home its demands, the governor pledged to always pursue policies that would enhance the standard of education. According to him, “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 added. Fashola however promised to interface with Amosun to resolve the face-off between him and students of the OOU.

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