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NANS wants one year waiver for school calendar, NYSC due to strike

The President, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Comrade Usman Barambu, has urged the Speaker of the House of Representatives to intervene in making the authorities to waive a year of the school calendar in order to usher in a proper academic work to make up for lost time.

Comrade Barambu made the call when he led other executives of the students’ body on a courtesy visit to the Speaker of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila.

The NANS President also requested the intervention of the Speaker on the possibility of waiving the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) service year age for graduates who might have passed the age limit as a result of the time lost due to the COVID-19 lockdown and the ASUU strike.

He said the visit was to express the appreciation of Nigerian Students to the speaker for the key role he played in resolving the ASUU strike.

While appreciating the visit, the Speaker, Mr. Gbajabiamila described members of the union as very important segment of Nigeria, who play a very critical role in what happens to the country.

He also charged Nigerian students to fully participate in the 2023 elections by voting for candidates based on their records.

According to him, Nigerian youths should not pass up the opportunity of electing the next political leaders on their terms, which could only be achieved with their full participation in the electoral process.

“Well, for me, you (students) have a lot to do between now and election day. In the next three, four months, you have a lot to do. What I mean is that you have to now begin to look at things differently, be able to look at things the way they are done in other climes, where people will look at things when it comes to politics and elections’’.

“What do I mean by that? We have so many candidates, not three, not four. People talk about having three frontrunners, perhaps, but as far as I’m concerned, we have 18 candidates running for the President of this country, and I don’t think you should overlook any one of them. You should not’’,  he said.

Gbajabiamila added that students could not afford to be detached from the process of electing the next President as the future of the country was at stake.

Writing by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu