By Lere Olayinka
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The National Association of Nigerians Students (NANS) Joint Campus
Committee (JCC), Ekiti and Ondo States Axis has disowned the protest
on University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD) tuition fees being planned by a
group which called itself Education Rights Campaign (ERC).

Secretary of the JCC, Comrade Aremo Gbenga Oyebode in a statement
issued in Ado-Ekiti today and made available to journalists said those
planning the protest are doing so on behalf of themselves and their
sponsors not the student bodies in Ondo and Ekiti States.

The NANS scribed said no officer of the union both in the University
of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD), Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti and College of
Education, Ikere-Ekiti are part of those masterminding the protest.
“Our attention has been drawn to newspaper reports credited to a group
which called itself Education Rights Project, threatening to embark on
another protest, using the hike in UNAD tuition fees as basis.

“As it was done during the first failed protest carried out by the
group, we have gathered that students are being mobilised from Ladoke
Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Obafemi Awolowo
University, Ile-ife and other neighbouring tertiary institutions.

“We wish to state equivocally that apart from the JCC chairman, Adeolu
Oyebode, no other officer of NANS in Ondo and Ekiti States Axis are
involved in the planned protest.

“The JCC Public Relations Officer, Ilemobayo Temitope, Director of
Action and Mobilisation, Orisamoluwa Adekunle and the Students Union
Presidents in Ondo and Ekiti States, who were supposed to be part of
the protest, are not.

“Most importantly, we are aware that the Government of Ekiti State has
entered into dialogue with the Students Union Government (SUG) of UNAD
and other stakeholders in the university with a view to resolving the
tuition fees issue.

“We therefore wish to warn those using NANS as a platform for
feathering their political nests to desist from this ignoble act,
which is no doubt capable of tarnishing the good image of our
association,” the statement read.