The president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Mr. Chidi Ilogebe, has urged the federal and state governments to waive school fees at tertiary institutions as a palliative for students.
Ilogebe made the request while speaking with Newsmen about national issues affecting Nigerian students in Enugu on Friday.
“It is our greatest wish that Nigerian students feel comfortable while studying.
“It is no news that the federal government and some state governments have continually distributed relief / grants to help resurrect small and medium-sized businesses for youth and women.
“It is recorded that the students were not considered in any of these arrangements.
“Therefore, I call on the government at all levels to waive this 2019/2020 session school fees as COVID-19 educational support for Nigerian students,” he said.
Ilogebe also asked homeowners around campuses to provide a rent / housing reimbursement to all students.
“This will serve as a moral boost for the students and help strengthen the relationship between the students and the community.”
On the ASUU / NASU strike, the student leader urged the federal government to urgently solve the problems so that students can return to class.
He added that the benefits of the resolution could not be overemphasized.
“NANS also calls on the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to accelerate the process of publishing the comprehensive protocols that will allow Nigerian tertiary institutions to reopen for conferences.
“In the next few days before moving to a new team that will continue from where we stopped energetically involving the government with a view to finding lasting solutions to these problems,” he said.
On the alleged participation of the students in the #EndSARS protests, Ilogebe said that the government and ASUU / NASU should resolve their differences so that the students return to their classes.
“The government wants the protests to be depopulated, the best way is to reopen our campuses.
“This does not mean that we condemn the reason for the protest.
“Cases of police brutality generally got out of hand and were worthy of protest.
“However, we believe that it will be better for Nigeria that young people are in the classrooms blazing new trails than in the streets protesting,” said Ilogebe.