NANS Calls On Gov. Abiodun On Issues Affecting Students In The Tertiary Institutions In Ogun State

Below Are The Issues That Was Raised Along Side The Conclusion And Recommendations Of The Sitting:

1. Security On And Off Campuses( EFCC, SARS and NPF Illegal Arrest, Harassment And Brutality of Nigerians Students): 

It was unanimously agreed that the Long overdue Students Police forum should be resuscitated as a matter of urgency to curb the unprofessional activities of the security agencies in our respective students community and environment.

2. Road

All Senators lamented on the condition of roads that leads to their Campuses. Emphasis were laid on Ilisan road to Ago-iwoye, Ala road to OMU, old Ijaagun road to Maweje, Sango to Igbesa and Lafenwa to Ayetoro OOU Campus and Ogun State Cooperate College Ijeja and also road leading to MAPOLY.

 It was unanimously agreed that His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR attention should be called to this challenge and to avoid accidents and lost of life’s of Nigerian Students in Ogun State.

3. Infrastructure :

 The state of lecture theaters and halls across institutions in Ogun State is nothing to write home about.

 It was also unanimously agreed that State of Emergency should be declared on EDUCATION in Ogun State until proper funding, infrastructures and development are in place. 

Ogun State as been the gateway state to education in Nigeria and the Standards shouldn’t be politicize nor abandoned.

It was noted that most institutions are surviving with the help of Tertiary Trust Fund(TETFUND) . It can boldly be seen in Olabisi Onabanjo University, Tai Solarin University of Education, Tai Solarin College of education and other Polytechnics across the state. 

State government projects can’t be pointed out in institutions across the state at present which is seriously alarming and tell what the future beholds for coming generations. Internal generation revenue of Tertiary institutions as made them to turn government institutions to private with alarming and unnecessary levies in the name of Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) . 

We call the attention of the Governor to declare State of Emergency in the tertiary Educational Sector in Ogun State.

4. Transportation

The transportation system of state owned institutions in Ogun State is becoming critical and dangerous for Nigerian Students populace, the state Government needs to support management of institutions with Macapollo long bus as a means of conveying Students from Town to Campus and back as it’s been done using FUNAAB as example. 

Sequel to our last visitation to the Governor before his swearing in to power at his residence in Iperu, he promised to mobilize each Institution with Students Union Bus which past Government as always been doing to assist the Union in discharging their responsibility and duties to the students populace and support the government towards socio-economic development of the state.

 It’s high time the Governor Honored his words and fulfill his promise to Nigerian Students.

5. Hostile:

 Protection of life’s and property of Citizens as been the primary duty of any government and its on this note we appeal to His Excellency to help facilitate with private sector and investors to build standard hostels across institutions in Ogun State and sight a good example for other state in the Nation. 

An hostel at a subsidize rate for Nigerian Students will speak so much good and help this government in having a goodwill to Nigerian Students and our parents. Nigerian Students constitute the largest percentage of youths in Ogun State. Nigerian Students believe with the international financial capacity and business connections of his Excellency, investors can be attracted to invest in education sector of Ogun State which will be benefited by coming generations we also use this medium to call on the state government to setup committee that will look into the abandon building facilities which was erected by the past administration in the state for the purpose of accommodating students using Tai Solarin university as an example, the Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) led administration erected hostel which up to date has not been in use, the leadership of NANS consider this as a waste of resources because the building is their depreciating state without any plan of usage or engagement. So the state government should look into this.

6. Tai Solarin College Of Education (TASCE) Staff Backlog Salaries:

 It so sadden to still be on this salary issues of Staffs of this prestigious college after the intervention of Mr. Governor and his promise to clear the backlog salaries which is yet to be fulfilled. 

Parents have contributed their quota to State development and its quite sadden that the government is treating his citizens and employee like animals and without compassionate heart. 

These Staffs are parents who have families to feed and also children to send to school. It also interest us to let you know that this backlog of salaries have caused psychological trauma for many of the staffs must importantly the lectures and has in one way or the other affect their zeal towards their duty as they not been motivated to give out their best to the students in the course of their teaching process which in turn has a adverse effect on the students.

 We appealed ones again to His Excellency to remember this people in due time and fulfill all his promise to them in due time, Nigerian Students won’t hesitate to employ last ‘C’ of Aluta to engage the Government on this salary issue if the issues continues after this appeal.

7.Courtesy Visit: 

The leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students and the Senators request for Courtesy Visitation to the Governor immediately after the Covid-19 pandemic.

 This visitation was said to be due and should be called as soon as possible. It’s necessary that the Students Stakeholders across the State and his Excellency meet quarterly to dialogue and discuss on issues and things bothering Nigerian Students in Ogun State. We use this medium to request for a Courtesy Visitation to the Governor and if this is not granted within 7days after the covid-19 lockdown, we won’t hesitate to make use of the last “C” of aluta.

8. Issue Regarding The Vacant Office Of The Honourable Commissioner of Education in Ogun State.

 It was unanimously agreed that the government should come out to address the Students populace on who is the substantive Honourable Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology in Ogun State. 

The Ministry can’t be vacant or be politicize because we can’t allow our future and career to be jeopardize. We seek the Governor to clear the air on this with 15 days Ultimatum starting from the date this communique is received by Ogun State Government .

Signed: Comrade Bamgbose Tomiwa (Chairman, NANS, Ogun State Axis)

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