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Nigerian students give FG 7-day ultimatum on ASUU strike, demand probe of Buhari’s ‘new’ WASC certificate

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By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta

The national body of the National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS) on Tuesday gave the federal government a seven-day ultimatum to resolve issues  and honour agreements reached with members of the Academic staff of Nigerian Universities (ASUU)  in October 2017 or face mass action by students across the country

The NANS Public Relations Officer, Mr Azeez Adeyemi who spoke at press conference in Abeokuta,  took a swipe at the federal government for what he described as the insensitivity of government to the plights of the striking lecturers and the revitalization of the education sector.

He noted that the association would not fold its arms and watch the future of students being mortgage by the lackadaisical approach towards education at all levels by the government

His words: “We will not fold our arms and allow our institutions to be shut for months again because of Federal Government insensitivity and lackadaisical approach towards education at all level in Nigeria”.

The NANS Spokesperson also gave the leadership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) a seven-day ultimatum to give Nigerian students and Nigerians at large a detail report on the West African Extermination Council (WAEC) Nigeria office of certificate /attestation presented to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He also called for a probe into the controversy that trailed the certificate.

“The Brouhaha surrounding the Secondary School Certificate of President Buhari and concocted certificate by West African Extermination Council (WAEC) Nigeria office of certificate of attestation to him (Buhari) wishes to call on the management of WAEC to probe controversies surrounding the release of this attestation certificate as a matter of urgency.

“It is amazing that Baba (Buhari) had B3 in History in the WAEC result he presented during the 2015 General Election but he had A1 in 2018. He wrote Mathematics in 2015 but in the attestation issued in 2018 mathematics was not inclusive.”

He stressed that Nigerian students cannot afford to sit and watch the  integrity of WAEC been “recklessly cheapened ‘executively”, adding that WAEC certificates that is so essential had been turned to a cheap commodity

He commended the resilience of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union who have been on strike in the past two months.