ASUU strike: NANS requests further extend PVC collection
The National Association of Nigerian Students on Saturday appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission to further extend the Feb . 11 deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards ( PVC ) .
Mr Azeez Adeyemi , the National Public Relations Officer of the association, made the appeal in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta .
He said that the extension became necessary considering the fact that most of the students who would be returning to school registered for their PVCs within the school environments .
“ NANS sees this call as imperative due to the just -suspended strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities .
“Most Nigerian university students will be returning to the school environs where they registered for their PVCs to pick them up .
“We recall that INEC had revealed in its statistics of the eligible voters, ahead of the 2019 general elections , that over 22 million voters are Nigerian students .
“As such , this cumulates to an approximate of 35 per cent of the eligible voters .
“It is obvious that the duty towards promoting and protecting the country ’s democracy lies in the hands of Nigerian students ,’’ he stated .
Recall that the ASUU had on Thursday suspended its three - months’ strike, called to demand revitalisation of universities , academic earned allowances , issuance of Universities Pension Management Company and other issues .
Adeyemi called on Nigerian students to, as a matter of national interest , return to their school environment where they registered , to collect their PVCs .
He said that it would avail them the opportunity to partake in the coming general elections .
The NANS spokesperson noted that the National President of NANS , Bamidele Akpan , had directed that all students must play active roles in ensuring successful general elections .
INEC had initially fixed Friday , Feb . 8 as the deadline for the collection of PVCs but shifted it to Monday , Feb . 11 , to allow more people to have theirs ahead of the elections which begin on Saturday .
( NAN )