As regards the agony and suffering in the country Nigeria, The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the Federal Government to urgently take a good step in order to soften the situation of the country, especially students.
In a press release by NANS President, Comrade Chinonso Obasi, he said that students and parents are struggling to pay their children school fees, some have even deferred semesters or withdrawn from the school because things are not auguring well.
“Any student in school today that has two square meal will be thanking his stars, three square meal is now a story of the past. To be candid to ourselves, the agony of Nigerian Students is getting unbearable, Obasi said.
Excerpt is the full text of the press release
THE AGONY OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS AND THE MANTRA OF CHANGE
The pathetic situation of this country has called for a curious but serious concern, why are Nigerian Students always be at the losing end? This is a question that is eagerly begging for answer from the Nigerian government.
Since the inception of this present adminstration headed by President Mohammadu Buhari, if we would be sincere to ourselves, retrogressiveness has been the other of the day. The suffering and agony in the land call for the concern of every Nigerian Students because this was not the change we voted for. Change we demanded, not chain.
In today’s Nigeria, students and parents are struggling to pay their school fees, some have even deferred semesters or withdrawn from the school because things are not auguring well.
Any student in school today that has two square meal will be thanking his stars, three square meal is now a story of the past. To be candid to ourselves, the agony of Nigerian Students is getting unbearable.
Lack of better alternative to get oneself financed in school has led many of Nigerian students to engage themselves in all form of atrocities and inimical social vices, in our various Campus, people hide under the slogan of “man must survive” to perpetuate their evil. Robbery and prostitution are now the reigning vogues in our institutions because truly, man needs to survive. Imagine, frustration even made secondary school students burnt down their school building in Oyo State.
And some of us are product of history, we can remember vividly how the people at the helms of government today were been taken care of in their days in school. They were been fed and their clothes were ironed by third party. They paid no dime and rode on different scholarships, it was little increment in school fees that led to Ali Must Go in late 1970s that almost turned the country upside down. The generation of today’s leaders were not molested, they disavowed cheating but delighted in molesting the able youths and students of today. It is a thing we must give considerable consideration.
We cannot continue to pretend that all is well. All concerned agencies of government should garner and gather themselves to ease the agony of Nigerian Students. We urge the president and his cabinets to make policies that are favorable to Nigerian masses.
We demand for special social academic intervention for Nigerian Students in our institutions to calm down the heightened tension, so that action will not lead to reaction that would be to grave to dismantle. Change we demanded, not chain.
Comrade Chinonso Obasi(IBB), GCNS.
Okegbemi Olusoji Festus is an Editor/Creative writer at campustori.com, A digital media Executive and a known Social Media Enthusiast.