The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has issued a 72-hour ultimatum to Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose to resolve issues that led to the closure of the State University (EKSU) in the past three months.
Lecturers at EKSU and the College of Education at Ikere-Ekiti are on strike in protesting their unpaid eight-month salary arrears.
The college teachers are also aggrieved with the state government over what they called “outrageous taxes” it imposed on them.
NANS also condemned exorbitant acceptance fees being charged at state-owned tertiary institutions.
It described the development as “fraud”.
The students’ body also said it would embark on a “mass action” to force the government to accede to their demands.
In a statement yesterday by NANS Zone D President, Lukman Adekitan and Treasurer, Ayodeji Amoran, the body expressed fear that EKSU students may miss their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) mobilisation.
The students’ body also demanded a reduction in school fees in the state-owned tertiary institutions, namely: EKSU, the College of Education at Ikere Ekiti and the College of Health Technology at Ijero-Ekiti.
It called for outright stoppage of “acceptance fees” in the institutions.
NANS said: “Acceptance fee is a fraud. We are against N50,000 and N100,000 acceptance fees in EKSU; N50,000 in College of Health Technology at Ijero and N35,000 in College of Education at Ikere-Ekiti.
Acceptance fee is against the masses. We also demand immediate resumption of academic activities in our striking institutions in Ekiti State.”