*’We’re disappointed over Okonjo-Iweala’s comments’
National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, through a statement made available and signed by the National P.R.O. Comrade Victor Olaogun, has passed a vote of no confidence on President Goodluck Jonathan over what they called his “ineptitude to handle and resolve the ongoing impasse between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.”
While berating the lackadaisical attitude of the Nigerian President towards the development of the youth and his insensitivity and inattentiveness to the pains and demands of Nigerian students and university lecturers, the Association called for instantaneous declaration of state of emergency on Nigeria’s education sector, saying “we can no longer condone his ineffectiveness, whereupon we pass a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE on him.
“Also we pass VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE on the Minister for Education, for not having the interest of Nigerian students at heart. We also condemn the Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Students and Youth Matters, Comr. Jude Imagwe over his lukewarm attitude to the plights of the Nigerian students.
“As a former president of NANS, (though factional) we expect Comr. Jude Imagwe to use his good office to press for the demands of the students and even protect the interest of undergraduates who at this time are facing huge challenges as a result of the lingering strike action embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities”
However the Association pleaded with ASUU to return to the classes while deliberation continues or drag FG to court. “we urge ASUU to drag the Federal Government to court since nobody is above the law. We call for immediate allocation of Special Intervention Fund to Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary education in Nigeria. We remained indifferent on ASUU strike because we thought the two parties could use pragmatic approaches to settle their rift.