We never collected N150 million, promised 20 million votes for Buhari–NANS

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has debunked the allegation that N150 million was given to them by Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian President when they visited the presidential villa to have a chat with the president.

In a press release obtained by WEST AFRICAN REPORTERS (WAR), signed by Mr. Adeyemi Amoo, the spokesperson of the association, NANS said its leadership will not, for any reason sell the interest and integrity of the association.

The association explained that the meeting was to pacify the federal government on ways to end the Association of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike which was embarked on since November of last year.

“At the meeting, NANS said it appealed to Mr. Buhari to urgently resolve the ASUU strike, for him not to lose the support of over 20 million Nigerian students.

The students’ association also explained that “NANS was invited twice to the meeting of Federal Government with ASUU, and was represented by the NANS national president, Mr. Danielson Akpan, but was asked to leave the meeting by ASUU leadership who insisted that such meetings and negotiations must not be done in the presence NANS.

“NANS wonders why ASUU will insist it must observe the meeting between her and the federal government, even when the Federal Government has approved its attendance at such meetings.”

“We thereby demanded as the major stakeholders in the sectors, to always have representatives at the meeting of ASUU with Federal Government, as this was targeted towards adding to the strength and voice of ASUU, to make government yield to their demands in time” the statement reads.

The statement is coming as a defence when NANS is been accused of promising to mobilize 20 million votes for Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.

This is coming 48hrs after the leadership of NANS ‘paid’ a visit to the presidency.

In a clip reported by the Nigerian Television Authorities (NTA), The president of the association Danielson Bamidele said “(The students’ constituency) have a large population numbering about 80 million. I can assure you today that if this constituency is well utilized, we’ll pull nothing less than 20 million votes for you,” He said in an address”

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on strike since November 4, 2018, while the Polytechnic lecturers (ASUP) joined on December 12, 2018.

The lecturers are protesting poor funding of universities and the failure of the government to implement an agreement it signed in 2009 with ASUU to improve facilities and enhance staff welfare at the institutions.

The strike, which has left academic activities in the various institutions paralyzed, is still in force as talks held so far to resolve the dispute have ended in a deadlock.

 

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