A School Without Students Union Is Like Man Without Blood,  NANS Tells OAU Management

By Sodiq Lawal

The leadership of National Association Of Nigerian Students (NANS ) South West on Friday met with the Management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU ) to demand the reinstatement of the students union.

The meeting witnessed the presence of the Vice Chancellor of the institution,  Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, Dean Students Affairs, Chief Security Officer and other top Management team with the Coordinator of NANS South West, Comrade Adekitan Lukman and his fellow student leaders.

While speaking with the management, the Coordinator described a school without students union like a man without blood flowing through his veins.

He  demanded for an independent and formidable Students Union for the students of Great Ife and explained how very germane it is to have an operating Students Union.

In his reaction, Vice Chancellor who spoke on behalf of the  management team appreciated their approaches to crises that nearly bedevilled the institution not quite long.

He however promised to reinstate the students union as soon as possible.

NANS Issues Two Days Ultimatum, Threatens Mass Action Over Illegal Jail Of OAU Students

By Sodiq Lawal

The leadership of National Association Of Nigerian Students (NANS) at the weekend, issued a two days ultimatum to the management of Obafemi Awolowo University to demand the release of 8 Students that were in detention for being against forceful eviction of Students out of halls of residence.

In a jointly release by the NANS Zone D coordinator, Comrade Adekitan Lukman and NANS Osun chairman, Comrade Miftah Saheed, stressed that failure to comply with the ultimatum, will amount to mass action.

“NANS has written to concerned authorities, security agencies, judicial institutions and issued ultimatum of two days demanding the unconditional release of our fellow comrades.

“The failure (on the part of authorities addressed in writing) to comply with the terms of ultimatum and humble demands, will amount to mass action.

“The leadership of NANS in Osun and Zone D however use this wonderful opportunity to persuade the student’s community to remain law abiding and conscious; all available mechanisms in our possession will be utilized to facilitate their unconditional release,” it stated.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that the school management while trying to enforce an eviction order on the students, invited police officers into the school.

It was gathered that the police officers arrested the union leaders while they were addressing their fellow students.

The union leaders were first detained in Moore Police Station after their arrest before they were taken to court where the judge ordered that they should be taken to Ilesa maximum prison for detention on Thursday.

But the students claimed that those who stayed back in school were either writing their projects, doing their teaching practice or internship programs.

The students also added that they have always been allowed to stay back in halls of residence by the school management because the programs are recognized by the university authorities.

Speaking to our correspondent, one of the students’ union leaders who escaped arrest narrated how the Hall Warden of Moremi Hall spearheaded the forceful ejection of students and eventual damage to properties.

He said, “the hall warden and some other people went into the room of the students and were throwing out beds, clothes and other properties of the students. They even went as far as molesting the students in carrying out the order of the management.”

One of the students who spoke with our correspondents revealed that the university management had previously attempted to forcefully evict students from an Alumni Hall.

He added that it took the intervention of the union leaders before residents of the Alumni Hall were allowed back into their rooms.

“While we were trying to pacify the warden that they should allow the students to stay, the management hurriedly brought in police officers into the schools. These police officers brutalized and whisked away some of the union leaders present at Moremi hall.

“We found out that they were taken to Moore police station but when we got there, the officers told us that we cannot bail those arrested and insisted that it is only their guardian that can bail them”, the students narrated.

Speaking further, the students lamented how their colleagues were hurriedly taken to court and tried before a kangaroo court.

They maintained that they were arraigned as early as 9 am and the judge asked the students to be detained at Ilesa maximum prison.

They also said that the school management presented the Hall Warden and some university officials who were not at Moremi hall when the controversy broke out to testify against the students.

The judge who presided over the students’ case at Adebamidele High Court, Osun ordered the students to be remanded while fixing very tough bail conditions for them.

The bail conditions include N500,000 including two sureties for each student and each surety must be a civil servant who is at Level 12 and must have paid his taxes up to date.

Condemning the attack, Education Rights Campaign (ERC) through a statement signed by its Acting Coordinator, Drunnex Samuel and Acting Secretary, Damilola Amethyst, labeled the act by the university management to forcefully eject students from campus as barbaric and inhumane.

“We also consider the violent assault, harassment and brutalisation of students, a ridicule of the university’s image and an abuse of the fundamental human right of students; Right to human dignity and right to a peaceful assembly among many others”, ERC posited.

The education rights body also slammed the Nigeria Police Force for their involvement in the forceful ejection of students by being used as instruments and machines to carry out the dirty works of OAU management. ERC insisted that the police has the duty to maintain law and order and not act as an oppressive body.

“For us in the Education Rights Campaign, we believe the police force is a state apparatus which should serve as a protective layer to the oppressed where they can seek solace and not a mere purchasable tool of the highest bidder in implementing repressive aims of the oppressors.”

It was gathered that the university management is already mapping out how to also forcefully to eject students residing in Awo Hall and to also arrest whoever tries to resist the eviction order.

Youth In Leadership: Osun Students Rally Support For Olajengbesi

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The National Association of Nigeria Students, Joint Campus Committee (NANS/JCC) and National Association of Osun State Students (NAOSS) have canvassed supports for one of their own, Pelumi Olajengbesi, who is the founder of Itura foundation.

They unanimously endorsed Olajengbesi as the leading light among the youths, whose political zeal could be emulated by the youths for active participation in the political decision -making process.

The students noted that the legislative arm of government remains a veritable ground for youths who want to make impact in the conventional politics, adding that the onus now lies on the youths to convincingly demonstrate necessary capacity to address social and economic challenges in Nigeria.

This was contained in a press statement jointly signed by the duo of NANS JCC Chairman, Saheed Muftau and NAOSS National President, Hakeem Alake in Osogbo, the Osun State Capital and made available to journalists on Monday.

They further urged the youths to be constructive in their assessment and debate of governmental policies and make their contributions to National discourse practically issue-based.

According to the statement, “Youth in power in Nigeria is a paradigm shift that requires urgent attention of political class in Nigeria, and total change in orientation by the youths.

“Contrary to erroneous impressions in some quarters that Nigerian youths lack the capacity to steer the ship of the nation, the future of this country lies with the youths, as we have many of them who possess the requisite acumen of good governance.

“In pursuing this strategy, we have inducted the founder of Itura Foundation, Pelumi Olajengbesi to our hall of fame as a worthy ambassador of the youths in Osun for his support for several youths in leadership campaigns, students’ development and capacity building. We have no hesitation to express utmost confidence in his ability to lead and urged members of the public to rally support for him”, the statement reads.

The student body added that despite its firm tradition of being apolitical, it will be ungrateful not to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Olajengbesi to the students’ community and youth developments in the last 6 months.

“For record purpose, in the last two months, the founder of Itura foundation has donated two buses to the student community in the state and distributed educational materials to both primary and secondary school students and supported several students leadership training and capacity building.

“Also,  during the agitation for the passage of “Not Too Young To Run Bill, Olajengbesi provided leadership and presented at every fora a well elaborate and elucidated youth agenda that is capable of alleviating poverty and build economic prosperity for state of Osun and Nigeria at large”.

They however urged other prominent youths in the society to emulate the gesture of Olajengbesi by contributing to educational and youth development to secure a prosperous future for Nigeria, noting that the future of any nation largely depends on the quality of its young population.

Obasanjo, NANS Call On Buhari To Punish Officials Involved In Maina’s Recall

The last may not have been heard about the controversy surrounding reinstatement of fugitive former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, as Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on President Muhammodu Buhari to sanction those behind the secret returned into the civil service.

Obasanjo said Mr. Maina’s secret reinstatement was not consistent with President Muhammadu Buhari’s avowed war on corruption.

This call was made by the former president while speaking at the 2017 Foundation Day Public Lecture titled: “Corruption and the Challenges of the African Child” on Saturday in Ibadan.

He also warned Mr. Buhari that there must not be any “sacred cows” in the fight against corruption.

“Corruption must be punished, and must be seen to be punished.

“Any accomplice in corruption and cover-up and any failure to punish must also earn punishment.

“We cannot afford to have sacred cows in the fight against corruption. The Maina saga should never have been allowed to occur. It is not in tandem with the fight against corruption,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

Also reacting, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS asked the federal government to ‘swiftly with unrestrained alacrity’ suspend all heads of commission and ministries complicit in the secret reinstatement.

The union warned that it will go on nationwide protest if its demands are not met within seven days.

“The Head of the Service of the Federation as well as the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission deserves nothing but immediate suspension from office and probe for allowing themselves to be caught in this cobweb of professional misconduct,” Chinonso Obasi, the president of the union said In a statement on Sunday.

Mr. Maina was in 2013 dismissed by the Federal Civil Service Commission for absconding from office. He is accused of leading massive corruption of about N2 billion when he served as chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team.

Afterwards, he turned fugitive, as the Police and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission sought his arrest.

Since the news of his recall broke, Mr. Maina has gone back into hiding. Although his recall has been rescinded by President Buhari, the president is yet to act on a report by the Head of Service on how the fugitive was recalled into the civil service.

The Nigerian senate last week asked Mr. Buhari to bring those behind the reinstatement to book without further delay.

Source: Premium Times

NANS Loses Another Ex-Exco Member

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) says it has lost its former Financial Secretary, Muhammed Yusuf, the National Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the association, Bestman Okereafor said, on Thursday, in Enugu.

Okereafor said that Muhammed Yusuf, popularly known as “Alhaji Kano’’ died on Oct. 10 after a “little illness.’’

He, therefore, urged Nigerians, especially the clergy to pray for the association as it had earlier lost its former National President, Muhammed  Dauda, on October 1.

“The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) under the leadership of Aruna Kadiri, has appealed to the clergy in the society to pray for the students’ constituency,’’ he said.

He said the prayer was necessary following deaths of great Nigerian students and their leaders in recent times.

“The most recent is the death of Muhammed Yusuf a.k.a. Alhaji Kano, a former NANS Financial Secretary after a little illness.

“This is coming barely after a week the association lost one of its former National President, Muhammed Dauda to an illness also.’’

‘’NANS bids ‘’Alhaji Kano’’ farewell, this is no doubt a great loss to the NANS family’’.

‘’May God grant friends and family of the deceased the fortitude to bear this great loss.

“Rest in peace, Alhaji Kano.’’

 

NANS Applauds JAMB Over N5bn Remittance to FG

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has commended the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for remitting the sum of N5 billion to the coffers of the Federal Government.

NANS’ President, Mr Chinonso Obasi, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said such remittance from JAMB within a short period under the leadership of Prof. Is-haq Oloyede showed a great deal of probity.

Obasi said that he was in support of the Federal Government’s move to probe the former administrations of JAMB and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

He urged the Federal Government to extend the probe to other agencies.

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided by President Muhammadu Buhari recently ordered the probe of past heads of JAMB and NIMASA over poor remittances in the past.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, told the FEC that JAMB for the first time remitted N5 billion to the government with a balance of N3 billion still to be remitted.

She said it was a big difference when compared to maximum N3 million per annum remitted in the past.

Obasi said that the remittance of such amount from a non-focal revenue generating agency of government underscored the importance of transparency in the administration and management of government business.

“The development is highly commendable and all heads of Federal Government agencies and parastatals should emulate the registrar of JAMB.

“I urge President Buhari to beam his eagle eyes on all other agencies of the Federal Government to ensure that all loopholes that encourage corrupt practices are prevented and blocked.

“Corruption is evil and the worst thing that can happen to a country in dire need of financial resources for development.

“I wonder why any right thinking person would choose to abuse public trust bestowed on him by engaging in corrupt practices, stealing public funds that can used in addressing other development challenges,’’ he said.

Obasi called on Nigerians occupying public offices to endeavour to be responsible and patriotic in the management of government businesses.

He reiterated his call for the inclusion of the association in anti-corruption fight in order to stamp out the scourge and channel resources to critical needs of national development.

He said that the association would reach out to Federal Government agencies with a view to fostering interaction and building leadership capacity for Nigerian students.

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