ASUU Strike: NANS Protests In Abuja

THE National Association of Nigerian Students on Monday stormed the streets of Abuja, to protest over the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

The students who came out in numbers asked the Federal Government to fix the education sector.

Addressing the students, numbering over 2, 000, NANS President, Comrade Danielson Bamidele, said the Federal Government had been insensitive to the plight of Nigerian students.

He also condemned the about 7 per cent allocation to the education sector in the 2018 budget.

The students, who matched from the Unity Fountain to Federal Ministry of Education, carrying placards with various inscriptions, said the allocation was seven per cent compared to the UNESCO’s demand of 26 per cent.

He recalled that budget allocation to the education sector had not been below 15 per cent since 2013 to 2015, adding that the Nigerian students were tired of how the education system of the country had been managed in the last few years.

“Specifically, in the 2017 budget, it was seven per cent and in 2018 budget, the same 7 per cent has been allocated. We are saying enough is enough, we reject the allocation. This is far below what we had in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the students,” the leader said.

Danielson also said that it was appalling that many universities in the country were existing without functional laboratories and libraries, but with dilapidated structures.

The students, who laid siege at the entrance of the Federal Ministry of Education for hours, awaited the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu to address the issue.

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