_Education is a right and not a privilege._
Students Union bodies are in existence for the purpose of representing the students to those in authority and to stand firm against policies that may deter or thwart in any way a conducive and convenient environment for learning.
Students Union bodies are solely pressure groups whose activities are focused on bringing better education, good leadership and positive change, for the students, among other things which are considered unfavorable and unconstitutional. Due to the fact that they remain not threatened and their course is just, honest and unbiased, their target objectives are mostly successful.
However surprisingly, the events in recent times has been reverse the case. Student bodies are now errand boys to politicians, engaging in condemnable corrupt practices and they have become a tool of oppression to the very students they are meant to protect.
National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS),which is the mother body for all student bodies and unions across Nigeria was reported to have promised President Muhammadu Buhari 20million votes after collecting an amount of 150million naira amidst the ASUU strike which has stampeded academic activities across the country, an allegation they strongly debunked.
However in every rumor there is an iota of truth or what else could be said of the negligence and quiet reaction of NANS to the ongoing strike which has lasted 79days and has prevented most students from sitting for their exams.
NANS Executive sat comfortably for the 79 days without making a significant move, the NANS Senate has distanced themselves from all actions of the NANS Executive and UNIABUJA SUG recently distanced themselves from NANS.
Confrontation has always been the last resolve of an organized union after all other options has failed in getting their agitations attended to.
Gone are the days of active and vibrant representation. For example, Sowore of Unilag, Africa of OAU and all other comrades who stood strong during the military regime.
If during this hard time for Nigerian Students the NANS body is nowhere to be found, I think it is high time, the body is scrapper and a new body that will represent the students properly and stand firm in times like this is established.
The way FG is handling the issue of Education is not encouraging and as a comrade I see no reason any other services and normal day activities will continue if we don’t go back to our classes.
I believe if we have a vibrant that can mobilize and lead students into locking down the major roads, and put the country to a stand still for a day, this strike issue will be hurriedly attended to, as our education system is currently in the state of rot.
This is the time all students, stakeholders and comrades across all institutions should come together and fight against the traitor of our cause in other names NANS and devise new plans for a proper representative for the Students interest.
Ondo state University of Science and Technology.
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