The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has called for a reduction in school fees across tertiary institutions in Nigeria, to lessen the impact of subsidy removal on students.
The Association’s Coordinator for the North Central Zone, Comrade Shedrack Anzaku, made the demand on Thursday in Abuja, at the official declaration of a student of Delta State University of Science and Technology Ozaro Deniran Rioborue, for the position of NANS National President.
Comrade Anzaku said that they expected school fees to reduce due to subsidy removal and decrease in the price of diesel which most tertiary institutions use.
He declared an opposition against fees increment because of the numerous hardship currently faced by students and the rates of dropout across the country.
The SUG President of Bida polytechnics, said students attendance in class have dropped because of the hike in school fees despite the N10,000 reduction in the school fees done by the rector of the school.
Leadership of the student body had written to the National Universities Commission (NUC) appealing to them to prevail on tertiary institutions to reduce school fees.
Students are also opposing on school fee hikes due to student loan bill, because the bill is meant to assist students to get proper education.
Comrade Anzaku made claims that they plan to visit campuses and speak with Vice Chancellors, Rectors, and Provosts to reduce school fees and if need be protest in their large number.
Deniran Rioborue declaring his seven-point manifesto with the title ‘Renewed NANS 23’ pledged to provide necessary support to the Senate to have the NANS constitution reviewed to meet the modern day reality.
His manifesto outlines rapid, responsive NANS, partnership drive, and public-private partnerships for Nigerian students’ benefits.
Reporting by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Julian Osam