NANS Students vow to shut down government institution


National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS
Zone B has vowed to shutdown Federal
Government parastatals and institutions in the
South South and South East should President
Mohammadu Buhari fail to revert to the old
pump price of fuel. »
Describing the hike in the pump price of fuel by
the Federal Government as a ploy to impoverish
Nigerians, they alleged that Mohammadu Buhari
was insensitive to the plights of Nigerians.
South South and South East zonal Coordinator of
NANS, Pedro Chibuzo in a statement made
available to newsmen, said; “we expressly register
total dissatisfaction towards the callous and
insensitive hike in price of Premium Motor Sprit
(PMS) from N86 to N145 by President
Muhammadu Buhari.
“NANS is irked by this ugly development that has
no doubt turned the country’s economy upside
down. The Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Ibe
Kachikwu had made public declaration concerning
the PMS price hike to N145, asserting that it is the
best for the nation.
“But the truth is that Mr. Kachikwu’s verbal
utterance is a pronouncement of economic malady
in disguise to the nation. President Buhari who
claims to be the senior Minister of Petroleum has
outrightly jettisoned the tenets of democracy by
this singular act of his, haven failed to consult
relevant stakeholders before the hike.”
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Chibuzo in the statement, said “ we had advised
the President to abdicate his acclaimed position as
the Minister of Petroleum”, pointing out that “it
would spell disaster on the nation’s economy and
here we are as we have been vindicated.
“Contrarily to this demand the President have
remained obdurate and tactically recalcitrant to our
demands. It is conspicuously clear that the
Minister of State Petroleum , Mr. Kachikwu is only
working in line with the President’s directives. And
it becomes bizarre to understand why a President
who had no knowledge of the downstream sector
is being deputized by a more knowledgeable and
sophisticated man in the field, coupled with other
state engagement of Mr. President.
“The hike in price of the PMS has affected students
in our various campuses negatively, where they are
now forced to pay more for intra and inter campus
transportation fare. Those who travel from far and
near to campuses , have also been subjected more
to this social catastrophe. Price of goods and
services have skyrocketed to an unimaginable
“The timing no doubt has also aggravated the
effects of the hike. It is an aberration to increase
the price of PMS when the economy presently
hangs on an abysmal economic pendulum of
glaring adverse effect. Nigerian students under the
aegis of NANS Zone B say no to hike in PMS price,
hence we demand immediate reversal of the PMS
price to N86. Anything short of this will attract the
burning wrath of the Nigerian Students in South
South and South East Regional block of Nigeria.
“This we are not sure the Federal Government
would be able to quell when it finally comes up.
Strategic mobilization has began across various
campuses for the total showdown, if our demand is
neglected. The government must learn to respect
and consider students welfare before taking certain
decisions with far reaching negative effects such
as this, as many of our campuses are already
closed down as a result of the Federal
Government’s insensitivity to the Education sector
and general students welfare.
“If our Demands are not considered and an
immediate reversal is not achieved within the
shortest possible time, we will alongside Nigerian
Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress
(TUC) and other civil society organisations, occupy
and shutdown all federal parastatals and campuses
across the eleven States of South South and South
East Nigeria.
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“We reiterate, that this decision by the President is
inhumane, callous, vile and tyrannical in all
respects. It is a fact that the President neglected
the students body when taking the decision, and
this also has amassed our grievances for the
Federal Government.
“That which happened in 2012 when former
President Goodluck Jonathan removed subsidy
from PMS would not only happen again, but would
be doubled this time around. Unilaterally fixing
PMS price has once again brought to fore the
dictatorial attributes of President Buhari, as the
PPPRA board, which is the board saddled with
fixing PMS price is yet to be reconstituted,
therefore whatever price being brandished by
Federal Government is null and void and we reject
same in its entirety.
“We therefore call on the Nigerian people to rise up
to their responsibilities as this government has
shown time without number that they don’t mean
well for the masses. This government has
continued to swim from one economic blunder to
the other, dishing out anti masses policies on daily
“This government has been thriving on propaganda
and lies, with Minister of State Petroleum stating
that subsidy on PMS has been removed while the
Vice President; Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is countering
same by saying No Subsidy was removed. Which
one do Nigerian masses believe, a government of

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