The National Association of Nigerian Students is set to engage with Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige and Education Minister Adamu Adamu over allegations that the federal government has no money to meet the demands of striking academic staff. Union of Universities.
The student body, however, has distanced itself from a report calling for the dismissal of Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele by ‘faceless students’.
NANS Vice President (Special Duties), Odiahi Ikhine, who spoke at a Monday press conference in Abuja, said students were unhappy with comments attributed to the Minister of State at Labor and Employment, Festus Keyamo, that the government had no money to meet the demands of ASUU.
Keyamo had asked the parents to plead with ASUU to call off the strike because the Federal Government could not afford the Union’s 1.2 trillion naira demand, as proposed by Professor Emeritus Nimi Briggs’ committee on the renegotiation of the FGN/ASUU agreement of 2009.
NANS Vice President Ikhine said the association’s leadership would meet with Adamu and Ngige, to find out exactly what was going on after the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), gave a directive that the strike would be resolved within two weeks and government officials were coming out to say there was no money to meet Union demands.
He swore that the students would not let up in their efforts to make sure the right thing was done.
“On the issue of the ASUU strike, we as an organization have done our best, we have been able to put pressure on the government over time, and just recently the Nigeria Labor Congress has called for a protest and we joined them, and as it is, we are not flinching.
“Obviously, we cannot do otherwise due to the volatile nature of the country occasioned by insecurity. But we intend to meet with the Minister of Labor and Minister of Education this week,” a- he declared.
He also clarified that NANS was not involved in the alleged report calling for the removal of CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele.
He said that some faceless people who ran for the head of NANS (Area D) demanded the dismissal of Emefiele for what they described as the bastardization of the national economy.
“Let it be expressly clear that these imposters are neither students nor NANS leaders in the South West but rather political jobbers readily available to the highest bidders for the slander campaign against politically exposed persons for purposes blackmail or settling political scores.
“We therefore wish to disassociate ourselves and the name of our organization from the unpatriotic call for the removal of the CBN Governor.
“We are confident that the CBN Governor needed moral support to develop a fallback monetary strategy that will serve as an economic palliative for our nation in this time of global economic gloom.
“We call on security agencies to do their best to bring the impostors who strive to heat up politics and engage in actions that may affect national security and stability to reserve, especially at this time. of fragile national security experience,” he said.
Meanwhile, the student body has revealed that the association’s current leadership is in the process of handing over power to the next administration, saying it has reached a constitution that will ensure that only genuine students compete for leadership positions. direction.
“The transition process is ongoing and, as is currently the case, a NANS President cannot stay longer than 13 months, 12 months officially, then three months grace period. So, as it is now, we expect the convention to go no further than this August.
“This month end, from all indications, this administration will hand over to an organization that will be run based on the rules and regulations available in the constitution.
“What we are going to guarantee now is that if you are not a student at a subscriber institution in the country, you cannot hold any position at NANS,” he said.