FCE EHA-AMUFU REPARATION FEE SLASHED TO N5,000 AS NANS ZONE B DEPUTY COORDINATOR INTERVENES.
COMRADE DARL UGWUEGBE, NANS ZONE B DEPUTY COORDINATOR INTERVENES IN FCE EHA-AMUFU REPARATION ISSUE
….. REPARATION SLASHED TO N5,000
The Zone B leadership of the National Association of Nigerian students, NANS wishes to inform the general public and Nigerian students that as promised, she has been up on her feet in addressing the issues plaguing the Federal College of Education Eha-amufu. Following series of consultations with relevant stakeholders and security agencies, a high powered delegation of NANS was set up and mandated to initiate discussions and negotiations with the management and governing council.
From the report of the delegation, we further gathered that from the side of the management;
1. While the students informed that nothing was destroyed, the management insists that six (6) water purifying machines, each costing about 3million naira and two (2) visual aids belonging to the department of languages were no were to be found after the protest
2. The protest was not entirely peaceful as earlier averred, the students did baricade the entrance gate preventing members of staff from gaining entrance, sacked the school security and coerced the school provost to almost sign a document containing a number of their demands and a written agreement that the demands will be addressed within a period of two weeks. That is after she had been coerced by the protesting crowd to read the content of the document aloud to their hearing without megaphone.
3. The demands of the students were genuine but Prior to the protest, there was no official channel of communication engaged by the student union government or even any other body to communicate such demands to the management.
4. The institution was shut down following orders from the governing council since the series of protests were constituting a major security risk. We discovered that there had been another protest before the ones held on 3rd and 4th respectively.
Inspite of this findings, the zonal leadership of NANS zone B maintained that;
1. The reparation fee of N8,000 is too high for Nigerian students to pay
2. That no student or students leader should be victimized or punished on account of the protest
3. That the resumption date which was 11th of November be moved to 13th of November to avail the Organisation ample time to negotiate meaningfully with the Governing council since the management does not have the powers of a final say on the reparation fee issue.
4. That the management should as a matter of necessity make proactive efforts to address the salient needs that led to the protest.
1. The resumption was therefore moved to Wednesday 13th of November 2019 allowing us time to reach out yo the governing council.
2. The governing council after virile engagements conceded to slashing the reparation of N8,000 to a sum of N5,000.
3. The school management has assured the organisation that no form of punishment will be meted out to any student on account of the protest while also affirming that proactive efforts are already in place to ensure that the needs of these students are adequately met.
We want to seize this medium to appeal to the sensibilities of Nigerian students. Let it be known that peaceful protest is a means of registering displeasures employed when all other channels of communication has failed. The reason a student union government is constituted in every campus is to mediate between the students and the management. Demands must be duely and adequately communicated to the management through the union. The 3Cs of NANS insists that you must first of all CONSULT, then CONSIDATE before you CONFRONT.
it is also vital to your intellectual nourishment that peaceful demonstrations are inalienable right of every citizen but such demonstrations tagged “peaceful’ should remain peaceful in the real sense of the word. People should be allowed to go about their normal businesses and proactive efforts should be made to avoid infiltration or hijack by negative forces. This should be ensured by making sure that relevant securities are put on thr know. That being said, FCE Eha-amufu students can now all return back to school.
I wish to specially appreciate the school management and governing council for their cooperation and most especially everyone who lent a voice of support. We assure you that the mandate to represent Nigerian students is a call we have answered with every patriotism which an ardent love for our country can justly inspire.
Aluta Continua. Victoria Ascerta
Comrade Darlington Ugwuegbe
Deputy Coordinator NANS Zone B
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