Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna state’s students, nationwide, have again protested the nonpayment of scholarships to indigent students, which is in arrears of about four years.
Secretary-General for National Association of Kaduna State Students, NAKSS, Jeremiah Gwarza, disclosed this when students led by him stormed premises of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Kaduna state council, on Monday.
Gwarza said “Kaduna state students have been neglected. For the past four years, we’ve not received any scholarship. It has not been easy for Kaduna state students.
“Some have forcefully deferred their semester, session and some outrightly forfeited or voluntarily withdrawn their admission completely due to inability to pay tuition fees and expenses,” he said.
Gwarza further stated that a week after he addressed a press conference last time, the governor went to the media and announced that he has approved N690 million.
According to him, “The protest on Monday is to ask the governor how far, three months after the promise made by the governor, we’ve not seen anything.”
The Secretary-General said he did not come for the scholarship protest, based on his position, but here on behalf of the students, “because the platform has been compromised.”
He recalled that after addressing apress conference in November last year, some group under the association came and sabotaged his efforts by discrediting all that he said to made ensure scholarship is paid for sake of the downtrodden students.
He said “We are parliamentarian group of the Association and have not been given a dime by the government against the rumors that they have given something to keep quiet, and we refuse to pursue the nonpayment of the four years arrears.
“Nobody has given us anything. We’re here to demand for our legitimate earnings – the scholarship for our students. It’s automatic in all the northern states, and the governors of all the northern states are paying, except Kaduna. Even the poorest states in the north are paying scholarship, but Kaduna is not paying. We’ve been neglected,” they cried.
The students bombed into the NUJ secretariat around 11am in numbers, chanting solidarity songs and carrying placards with different inscriptions.