By Abiodun Ogunrinde, Ibadan
The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Oyo chapter has lauded Governor Seyi Makinde for scrapping N3000 school fees for
primary and secondary school students in the state.
In a statement made available to CityMirrorNews on Friday which was signed by its chairman, Asubiojo Olujuwon, the student body also commended the governor for planning to increase budgetary education to 10%.
It reads: “The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Oyo State having critically studied the Inaugural Speech of His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Executive Governor of our dear state – we wish to make the following observations and recommendations known to the government, students and general public.
“First and foremost, we wish to express our satisfaction in abolishing the N3,000 school fees hitherto to be paid by our younger ones in state- owned secondary schools, it will, of course, ease financial burden on parents and, significantly reduce the number of children who are out of school.
“The decision of Governor Seyi Makinde to increase Oyo State’s education budget to 10% of the total annual budget, increasing yearly until we match UNESCO’s recommendation of 15-20% is laudable.”
The body however, urged the governor to ensure the full implementation of the decisions while informing him of their plans to begin move to reinstate Students’ Union Government on various campuses in the state.
“However, we urge the governor to see to the full
implementation of this decision and make sure the 10% when allocated to education is strictly monitored for adequate implementation to yield desired results.
“Lastly, the decision to reposition the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso is great and a much-appreciated development, we strongly believe starting the repositioning by prevailing on the management of the institution to
immediately reinstate the Students’ Union which was suspended after your Excellency’s visit to the institution will be a great “Thank You” package to Ladokites who obviously like most students in the state voted massively for you.
“Sir, NANS, Oyo state shall patiently standby on the lookout for two weeks, after which we might be forced to demand the reinstatement of the Students’ Union our way. ”