The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has appealed to the APC and the PDP leding presidential aspirants to help raise funds to par striking lecturers.
The students’ body made the appeal in a statement signed by the Chairman of Ogun State Joint Campus Committee (JCC), Comrade Damilola Simeon.
University students have been protesting across the nation following months-long industrial action by their lecturers.
“All the presidential aspirants, especially those from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must rise up and come to the rescue of all Nigerian students,” the statement read.
“If truly the aspirants mean well for Nigerians as they are claiming and if they have the love of Nigerian students at heart, they should raise the fund to meet the demands of ASUU, since the Federal Government has failed woefully in its commitment to improving the education sector.
“Today in Nigeria, both university and polytechnic education is paralysed due to the ongoing strike actions by both members of ASUU and ASUP. It is very unfortunate and unacceptable.
“Nigerian students hereby call on the presidential aspirants, in the spirit of patriotism and in the interest of development, to rally round Nigerian students.
“All of these aspirants paid huge amount of money to procure their nomination forms, so donating funds to rescue the tertiary education in Nigeria should not be too difficult for them.
“It is only by doing this that Nigerian students and Nigerians in general will respect and show support for their ambitions.”
The APC has raised billions in preparation for its primary elections. Likewise the PDP.