NANS to picket fees hiking varsities, Drums Support for Ododo.

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—- Warns EFCC against media trial of Bello.

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has vowed to picket any tertiary institution in the country which erred against the directives of the federal not to hike fees and other sundry charges .

This is just as the body has condemned the actions of the EFCC for denying the former Governor Yahaya Bello of his fundamental Human Rights to fair hearing, saying that the agency should forthwith stop the media trial

The Senate President, National Association of Nigeria Students, (NANS) Comrade Akintola Babatunde Afeez, made the call while speaking to journalists after the resolution of the inaugural Senate sitting in Lokoja yesterday.

He urged the EFCC to respect the rule of law and stop engaging in political persecution and media trials on the former Governor of Kogi State.

“EFCC should as a matter of urgency stop the media harassment of the immediate past Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Bello. Even though we are aware of the rights of EFCC to perform its duty according to the law, they are also guided by the same law.

” EFCC should do everything within the ambit of the law so that it won’t look as if they have personal issues with the former Governor of Kogi State. We don’t want a bad precedent to be laid in this Country”he stated.

The Students, at the inaugural Senate meeting, also passed a voted of confidence on the current Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo.

Continuing, Comrade Afeez said “We are passing a vote of confidence on Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo for his support to students, and his achievement in educational development in Kogi State.

“We are also thanking him for giving us the opportunity to come to the State for this sitting. The Kogi State Governor provided an enabling environment for all the Students who came from the 36 states of the Country for this maiden sitting”.

He used the opportunity to appeal to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency declare State of emergency on the security issues across campuses in the Country.

He wants President Tinubu to put an end to the lingering fuel scarcity in the Country and also improve the electricity supply across the 36 States of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Abuja.

Comrade Afeez promised to engage all stakeholders on issues affecting Nigerian Students adding that, “There are three stages of struggles. Consultation, consolidation before confrontation. We have consulted, now we are in the stage of consolidation. So if government refuses to do things we want and make life easier for the Students of this Country, we will confront them fully in all the 36 States of the Country.

“We also resolved that, the suspension of the Student Union Government by University of Benin management should be lifted. All institutions in the Country who are not running a democratic government of the Student Union should as a matter of urgency go and conduct election for the student for SUG Excos in the Country.

He warned some institutions that have penchant for fee hikes to stop and return to status quo ante , since , the federal government has not given go ahead to increase fees under any guise,and threatens to picket erring institutions.

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