The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has announced its intention to mobilize its members for a protest at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, on Wednesday.
This protest is in response to the recent increase in tuition fees at educational institutions across the country. NANS also issued a warning to the Department of State Services (DSS), urging them not to obstruct students’ exercise of their right to protest, emphasizing that this right is universally recognized.
NANS’s National Public Relations Officer, Giwa Temitope, made these statements in response to the DSS’s claim that certain politicians were gathering student leaders to orchestrate violent protests against the Federal Government regarding socioeconomic issues.
According to Peter Afunanya, the DSS spokesperson, “Intelligence reports have indicated that the plotters include certain politicians who are desperately mobilising unsuspecting student leaders, ethnic-based associations, youth, and disgruntled groups for the planned action,” as stated on Monday.
The Student Solidarity Group Against Fee Hike had previously announced its intention to protest the fee hike at the University of Lagos on Wednesday, September 6, 2023.
Temitope said on Tuesday, “We are organizing a protest against the tuition fee increase at UNILAG, which occurred on August 2. Our primary demand is the complete reversal of the tuition fee increment for students.”
He further expressed, “There’s a saying that ‘the police are your friend.’ Moreover, we do not plan to enter the school premises; we will be demonstrating in front of the school to show our solidarity with the students and their parents. The government has raised tuition fees by 400%, yet they have not increased the wages and salaries of our parents.”
“Do we want students to drop out of school and resort to cybercrime? Or ddo you want the ladies to be sleeping around with men to make money? We advocate for this in federal universities because they are expected to be more affordable,” he added.
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