Students in federal and state universities in the five states of the South East geopolitical zone have called President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently comply with the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU or resign .
The director of external affairs, NANs South East zone B, Comrade Onwe Joshua, made this known during a peaceful protest staged in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State.
The protest which witnessed large crowd of students had the presence of over 30 policemen that guided them to avert break down of laws and order.
The students carried placards with various inscription “We rebuke FG cold approval to ASUU demands, Reduce political office holders salaries and improve that of the civil and public servants, FG Enough is Enough, stop politicising our educational sector” etc.
“The level of our educational system is going down and we can’t fold our hands and watch the system ruined. This is why the leadership of NANs declared today as a day of mourning, and that’s why we made today as a day to rally in support of the campaign to save educational system in Nigeria.
“The cold nature of the federal government to respond to the demand of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU is unbecoming. And we the Nigerian students are no longer happy. From local government to the state level, educational system has fallen apart and the country can no longer hold.
Earlier in a remark, the chairman of the joint students Union government Ebonyi State, Comrade Nwiboko Peter urged President Buhari to increase the budgetary provision for education.
“We demand that federal government should budget 27 percent for the educational system, instead of 7 percent approved by President Buhari in the 2018 budget. We demand that there should be restructuring and resuscitation of our educational system to avoid this collapse”