By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has denied endorsing Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state to run for second term in office due to the untold hardship he meted on their parents and making many to withdraw from schools.
Addressing newsmen in Akure, the Ondo state capital, the leadership of the association led by NANS Vice President, external affairs, Ojo Raymond said the development is shocking to them and that the student body has no connection whatsoever with the governor over his ambition.
Raymond who came in the company of Comr: Akinteye Babatunde, NANS JCC Ondo Axis,Comr. Kikiowo Ayoade, President National Association Of Ondo State Students, and All SUG Presidents In Ondo State.
He said “We have noticed with utmost dismay the news of the purported endorsement of the incumbent governor of Ondo state, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu by students in the state.
“We saw it in the public domain like other students and the general public. In the pictures making the rounds, the governor was seen raising four fingers of his two hands up, alongside his chief of staff and some students.
“We have not and as well have no link with the endorsement of governor Akeredol.
“The students’ movement is not known for such alliance, especially with a government that has constantly disregarded the Union and her million of members in the state, thereby causing untold hardship on the flow system of education and student welfare.
“Nigerian students are watching all the aspirants across parties, looking at their credentials, manifestoes and blueprint, to improve the educational sector and other sectors of the state.
“The governor has not addressed very germane issues that affect our members and the educational sector, how can cheap endorsement be sought?
NANS demands that the governor should address also the following issues listed below: Understaffing of OSUSTECH, unpaid salary of staff in the state-owned tertiary institutions and mobility for students on campuses, and other basic amenities.
Others are deteriorating structures and reduction Of Fee Payable Across Ondo State Institution.
The plight of students under the present government has increased astronomically.
The governor since assumption of office increased tuition fees from an average of N30,000 to N150,000 in Akungba and from N70,000 to N150,000, N200,000 in Osustech. This has led to thousands of students dropping out from various academic pursuit.
The students’ body unequivocally demanded the reversal of the tuition fees which was increased months after the governor resumed in office
NANS also urged all good-spirited sons and daughters of the state, who have the ambition to govern Ondo state to continue