By Bartholomew Madukwe & Elizabeth Uwandu
National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has called on the Federal Government to reject the idea to sale the nation’s assets to bring the country out of recession.
On its part, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) called on Government to open the nation’s borders to allow importation of essential foods for domestic uses pending when Nigeria would be able to produce enough food to feed its citizens.
NANS described the proposal as a call to economic disaster.
In a communiqué by NANS Senate President, Comrade Taiwo Bamigbade and the Public Relations Officer, Comrade Odebunmi Idowu, the student body said, “It will be recalled that successive regimes/administrations have done it in the past by selling the Power Sector, NITEL e.t.c, moves that resulted in nothing but a parasitical attachment to the masses.
Our refineries are part of the nascent in the world, if we can fix them and make it work at optimal capacity, it will definitely address the menace of fuel importation.
So, the FG should rather pay more attention to issues of diversification of the economy and immediately readdress the fiscal policy to increase the patronage of made in Nigeria products.”
Open border, CLO urges FG
In a statement signed by its Executive Director, Mr Ibuchukwu Ezike, CLO urged the Federal Government to look elsewhere for the solutions to the economic crisis facing the country and not to sell national assets.
“The call for the sale of public utilities is absolutely uncalled for and worrisome. We warn the politicians not to take the patience of agonizing, wailing and impoverished Nigerians for granted”, CLO stated.