Sunday 28 July 2013

Uniuyo crisis: NANS holds strategy session

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has held an extraordinary executive council meeting in Abuja to address the challenges in Nigeria's educational sector. The meeting which was presided by NANS President Comrade Yinka Gbadebo was attended by national executive members and zonal coordinators.
Top on the agenda was the June 12 crises in university of Uyo. While briefing the house on the issue, the Vice President Special Duties of NANS, Comrade Ubon Marcus highlighted the remote and immediate causes of the unfortunate incident which claimed the life of Kingsley Udoette a 200 level student of that institution and that of the NANS Senate President Comrade Donald Onakaogu and four others who died on their way to intervene in the crises as well as the incarceration of 44 students in prison custody.

The apex Nigerian students body called on relevant authorities to effect the immediate release of the incarcerated students. The meeting also called on Federal Government to effect the immediate release of University of Uyo's take off grant which has №t  been given to the institution since inception so as to forestall the remote causes of the June 12 incident and mandated the management of the troubled institution to take immediate steps to ensure justice to all aggrieved parties.
Other issues discussed were the ASUU strike, recent unauthorised press statements by the NANS Deputy Senate President on the Rivers state crises, and state of campus reports across the nation.

NANS unofficial press release

Dear Comrades,
We just finished an extraordinary NANS exco meeting in Abuja. The meeting was presided by our President, Comrade Yinka Gbadebo and attended by national executives, zonal coordinators. Issues discussed and resolved are as follows:
1. Burial of our late comrades: the President briefed the house on the funeral expenses, various contributions, etc. A moment of silence was observed in their honour.

2. ASUU strike: NANS frowns at federal government over their non-commitment to educational development but doubts if ASUU has the interest of students at heart. The sincerity of ASUU over the years has been critically evaluated as its been noted that while hiding under the cover of making demands for educational development ASUU has rather been concerned with their personal welfare and once govt. fulfils this they down tools. To this end, NANS calls on ASUU to look beyond transient benefits and pursue the cause to the benefit of all. NANS also frowns at ASUU for usually neglecting students but only calling on us to support them via protests and press statements whenever they are on strike. Where has ASUU been when student leaders are victimised by various lecturers? Where has ASUU been when our female students are continually intimidated and sexually harassed by randy lecturers? ASUU needs to sit up.

3. Rivers state crises and press statements by our Deputy Senate President, Comrade John Shima: it must be emphasised that the NANS constitution only authorises the NANS President and PRO to make statements on-behalf of the association. You must also note that such statements must be after due consultation. To this end, the statements of deputy senate President Comr. John Shima who unfortunately parades himself as Acting Senate President concerning the Rivers state crises where he gives the President of the Federal Republic a 14-day ultimatum are strictly his personal opinion and №t  that of NANS. Nobody can unilaterally drag our great union to the mud. NANS maintains a non-partisan and apolitical position and calls on Mr. President as the father of the nation to resolve the crises.

4: NANS senate meeting: in view of the previously scheduled senate meeting by our late Senate President before his unfortunate demise, NANS leadership hereby mandates the senate clerk to re-issue a notice for that proposed senate meeting in honour of our fallen Senate President.

5: Campus Report: state of affairs across campuses in the country were critically analysed and decisions taken. The issue of University of Uyo was looked at and resolutions reached.

It is pertinent to note at this point that this is №t  the official NANS Press Release as our able President -Comr. Yinka Gbadebo will address a national press conference on these and other issues few hours from now. As VP Special Duties, I have to keep u informed of our progress in the struggle. Keep the fire burning. Aluta continua: Victoria ascerta.

Comrade Ubon Marcus
VP Special Duties

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