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Tuition Hike: NANS Threatens Mass Action Against Governor El-Rufai, Issues 14 Days Ultimatum

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has been given a 14 day ultimatum to reverse all increments in state owned tertiary institutions.

Leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) gave this ultimatum at media briefing held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat, Iwe Iroyin, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital on Monday.

The National President of NANS, Comrade Okereafor Bestman Opeyemi while addressing journalists stated that the decision of the Kaduna State government to increase the tuition was retrogressive and unjust, adding that the students body would resist the decision with its machineries.

He said: “The attention of the apex students governing body, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has been drawn to a retrogressive decision of the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai to unjustly increase the school fees of state owned institutions.

“Info at our disposal reveals that a student of College of Education, Gidan Waya, Kafanchan was shot dead by security operatives during the peaceful protest on Monday, 28th June, 2021 against the planned hike in their tuition fee.

“We hereby give the governor a 14 day ultimatum to reverse all increments in state owned institutions in Kaduna State.”

The students’ body also expressed belief that the arrests of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is a clear note of warning for persons seeking the division of the country, adding that it believed strongly in the unity and indivisibility of the country.

Comrade Okereafor therefore said the student body is disassociating itself from a purported NANS meeting with Sheik Gumi, an alleged friend of notorious bandit, kidnappers and killers of the students.

He added that it has absolute confidence in the gallant and intelligence security agents, while imploring them to ensure prompt release of abducted students still in captivity.

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