NANS condemns MOUAU versity management over hard examination conditions


The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has condemned the University Management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) for imposing hard conditions on students during examinations.

The President of NANS, Comrade Pedro Obi, said this in Enugu on Wednesday while reacting to "no full payment of school fees, no examination mandate" in the university.

According to Obi, it has come to our attention that students are being denied the opportunity to write their examinations unless they have made full payment of their school fees.

"This action by the university management is very unfair, especially considering the current economic situation in Nigeria. 

"We are deeply concerned that this approach will lead to a significant number of dropouts, negatively affecting the lives and education of our students, thereby leading to more security challenges in the country.

"The National Secretariat of NANS firmly believes that education should be accessible to all, regardless of their financial background. 

"We urge the university management to kindly consider alternative ways of addressing the issue of school fees payment.

"Such approach could be splitting the payment into manageable installments per semester, rather than expecting a one-time payment," he said.

The NAN boss noted that in response to this urgent matter, the National Secretariat of NANS had established a 5-man committee to swiftly intervene and bring the situation under control. 

He said that the committee included:

Comrade Cokey Nwachukwu - as Chairman; Comrade Josephine Kufre Ikpe-Abasi - as Member:

Comrade Felix Ifeyinwa -  as Member; Orji Frank - as Member and

Comrade Chijioke Emmanuel (SUG President of the university) - as Secretary of the Committee.

Obi said that the committee would engage in constructive dialogue with the university management to find a resolution that ensures the rights and well-being of the students are protected.

He said: "NANS National Secretariat calls on the University Management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike to immediately halt this unfair practice and work towards a more student-friendly approach to school fees payment.

"Education should not be a privilege reserved for a select few, but a fundamental right accessible to all.

"We implore the University Management to prioritize the welfare of the students and cooperate fully with the committee set up by NANS National Secretariat."

He said that the National Secretariat condemn in totality the destruction of School or Government Properties as genuine students should not be found engaging themselves in such act, as it jeopardizes our genuine and well intended struggle for an egalitarian society.

"We urge all students of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike to remain calm and patient as the committee works tirelessly to resolve this issue. 

"Haven cried out, your voices have been heard, and we are committed to fighting for your rights," he said.



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