Akin Akande, Abuja
Following the death of Senate President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and four other officials of the association last week in ghastly motor accident, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has that said the fate that befell five NANS officials calls for declaration of emergency in the entire education sector by the federal government.
ASUU President, Nasir Isa in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, reacting to the incident, called on the students’ movement to step up their activism by re-opening the issues bothering on compelling government to increase its annual budgetary allocation to at least 26 percent, including reviving the once virile education bank and job creation for teeming unemployed graduates.
The NANS executive members who lost their lives were said to be heading to University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State when they got involved in an accident along the Ikot-Ekpene Road in the Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State.
Nasir said time has come to rebuild the students’ movement to revitalize it and play the historical role, which it once played in the struggle to build a truly free country.
He said: “ASUU invites the students’ movement to reopen the issues: uncommercialised education with access to all, especially the children of the underprivileged, allocation of at least 26 percent yearly budgets to education, declaration of emergency in the whole education system.
“The revitalization of the University system on the basis of the scientifically sound Needs Assessment, the restoration of the once-virile education bank and the creation of jobs for the teeming unemployed graduates”.
ASUU said the common struggle to enthrone democratic governance in our tertiary institutions with full respect for the rights of students to unionize must be invigorated.