The Coalition of 19 Northern States presidents of the Students Union Government, SUG, has issued a one-week ultimatum to both the Nigerian government and ASUU to resolve its problem with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) or it takes to the streets in protest.
They stated this at a press conference in Kano on Tuesday where they read the outcome of an earlier meeting of the coalition in Jigawa State.
Addressing the conference on behalf of the coalition, Sadi Garba Sa’id of the Bayero University Kano said, “The coalition has unanimously agreed on the review of the ASUU demands. The coalition is giving both parties ultimatum of one week to resolve themselves or else we the Nigerian students will move to the roads and make them our classes.”
They further stated that they will not accept any increase in registration fees while calling on the government to waive the fees because of the pandemic which has caused economic devastation.
“The coalition will not tolerate any form of hike in registration fees or the induction of tuition fees.
“The government should waive registration because of the pandemic which has seriously affected the economic status of students, parents and guardians,” they declared.
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The coalition also called for a review of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) age limit as the lingering ASUU strike might have affected the chances of some of the students to participate in the scheme.
“NYSC age limitation should be revised owing to the fact that the lingering ASUU strike and COVID-19 pandemic may have crippled some students’ chances of participating in the scheme,” they demanded.
The coalition further condemned the alarming rate of rape and kidnapping across the country and therefore called for a prompt action by government.
They also demand that education should be given priority in the country for which they called on the government to also provide quality education in primary and secondary schools.
The coalition further called for the introduction of skill acquisition and internship programs to the students of tertiary institutions across Nigeria while they also called for transparency in respect of federal and state scholarship schemes.
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