NANS Mobilises for Total Shutdown Protest Over FG's Harsh Economic Policies and Refusal to Reopen Schools

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has commenced mobilisation of its members and high-level consultation with relevant pro-people organisations and bodies for a major shown with the Federal Government over its faluire to call off the ongoing strike from the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and also the fuel price hike, electricity tariff and other increases on essential services.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has said it supports the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in its negotiations with Federal Government regarding the ongoing strike, NANS President also urged the federal government to speedly meet ASUU demands and reopen campuses for students to resume academic activities fully.
The student body said it embark on a mass protest to force the government to rescind her decision on the many increments introduced recently on essential services which are already causing pains and untold hardship on the people.
NANS Vice-President Comrade Ojo Raymond, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, said the Association received with shock the news of another increment in the pump price of premium motor spirit from N145 to N161.
“Unemployment has become a bane in our nation as there are no longer opportunities for productive youths to get engaged in order to revitalise the economy.
“Considering the effect of the lockdown brought about by the global coronavirus pandemic, it is unthinkable that the Nigerian government instead of stimulating the economy and supporting citizens with policies and programmes that ameliorates their dwindling means of livelihood will now aggravate peoples hardship through harsh economic policies. This is totally unacceptable.
“Granted that the PMB led administration is focused on removing subsidy on petroleum, the right time to effect such is outrightly not now when families are yet to recover from months of inactivity and businesses badly affected.
“Nigerians are suffering already and do not deserve any further hardship from a government they so believe will alleviate their suffering.
“As an organization, we have sound economists who can help shift government attention to areas where the economy of our nation can be sustainable.
“We wish to remind the APC government that they met the pump price of petrol at N87 and advise that the government should reverse to N100 per litre to enable citizens to cope with daily obligations. Prices of food items should, in particular, be regulated to avoid high criminality due to hunger.
“The National Association of Nigerian Students has commenced high-level consultation with relevant pro-people organisations and bodies with a view to forcing the government to rescind her decision on the many increments introduced recently on essential services.
“Our constituency is hereby put on a red alert for a clarion call to end all forms of anti-people policies,” he said.

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