Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NANS demands release of detained Kogi students

The National Association of Nigerian Students has described as unjustifiable, an alleged attack on protesting students in Lokoja , Kogi State, on Monday .

While demanding the “unconditional release ” of students arrested during what it called a peaceful protest, the organisation threatened to continue mass protests within and outside Kogi State until all tertiary institutions “under lock and key are reopened for academic resumption . ”

According to NANS , the Kogi State Government has not reopened all its tertiary institutions which have been closed for the past six months due to unpaid salaries and arrears .

A statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the President of NANS , Chinonso Obasi , said the refusal of the Kogi State Governor , Yahaya Bello, to accede to the demands of the academic staff union and all other affiliated unions was one of the strange expressions of how deeply the Kogi State government resented education and staff welfare.

He said, “The NANS leadership is very pained that our members were subjected to massive humiliation by combined security forces mobilised and acting under the instruction of the State government. Kogi students and Nigerian students at large cannot and should not be made to suffer lingering disagreements between employers and their employees while their schools remain shut and the future they seek is destroyed . Our parents are unbearably overstretched by this sheer insensitivity of the state government . ”

Obasi said that to add salt to injury, the state government, instead of pacifying the students, chose what he called the wrong path .

“This amounts to a flagrant assault on our members for lawfully demanding the reopening of their campuses , ” he stressed .

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