By Ayodele Oni, Akure
Seven years after four officers of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), lost their life in a ghastly motor accident, the association has berated Ondo state government for handling the issues of their deceased colleagues with kid gloove.
The students leaders, Dapo Awopegba, President FUTASU, Akintola Abiodun, Adeyemi College of Education; Aremo Olabode, NANS Vice President and Akinlosotu Oyinkansola, from School of Midwifery, Akure lost their in an accident while returning from Abuja to attend an award ceremony in honour of former Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
Speaking at a press conference in Akure to commemorate the 8th remembrance anniversary of four students leaders chairman, NANS (JCC) Ondo axis, Comrade Akinteye Babatunde, also condemned the federal government for the cancellation of this year’s West African School Certificate Examinations, (WASCE) and pleaded for a rethink.
He described as fraudulent the decision by the Federal Government to prevent Nigerian secondary school students from writing the WASCE without any provision for refunding their money and how the students could make up for the lost opportunity.
He called for the sack of the Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu, immediately while measures should be put in place to check the spread of the COVID-19 in schools.
The NANS official, pointed out that the deceased students, all from Ondo state, ought to have been immortalized by the state government in terms of attending to their families.
“We believe government is continuum, the fallen heroes died when they travelled to Abuja in company of Governor Olusegun Mimiko to honour him. But they have been abandoned since July 13, 2012. If they had not died, they would have been taking care of by their parents and families.”
Akinteye further revealed that the union was negotiating with the state government to see how fees in tertiary institutions in the state could be reviewed downward.