Students of Bayero University, Kano (BUK) on Thursday in Kano gave the Federal Government one week ultimatum to meet all the demands of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) or face wrath of Nigerian students.
The students, who staged a peaceful protest under the auspices of a Student Union Government (SUG), BUK chapter, urged the Federal Government to respect and implement the 2009 ASUU/FG agreement, insisting that the two parties should come to the negotiation table and settle their scores for the interest of Nigerian students.
Addressing the crowd at BUK gate, the university’s SUG President, Comrade Sani Ibrahim, said they were forced to stage the protest, “because we are tired of staying at home. Our mates in other countries are in school; why should the case of Nigerian students be different.”
“As part of the struggle to fight for our right, I will like to salute our students for their patience while receiving the negative consequences of bad governance. We believe that the delay in resuming lectures in our universities is not only lamentable but also devastating. We believe even more strongly that now is the time to let our leaders know that enough is enough and we shall wake up and say no to injustice being meted out to Nigerian students.
“Similarly, we call on the Federal Government to respect the 2009 agreement reached between government and ASUU. We also call on the government to review the annual budget for the education sector from eight per cent to 26 per cent, so as to ensure adequate rehabilitation of infrastructures in our universities, including hostels, laboratories, potable water and constant supply of electricity.
“In the same vein, we are calling on ASUU to give government more opportunity to dialogue so as to quickly resolve the differences in the best interest of Nigerian students. We are giving ASUU and Federal Government one week to sort themselves out and resume lectures, otherwise, Nigerian students will look for other alternatives to fight for our right.
Education is our right and no one should take it away from us,” Ibrahim noted.
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