By Charly Agwam – Bauchi
Newly elected Executive Council members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Zone Ẹ have been charged to elect leaders that will solve the country’s educational problems in the forthcoming elections.
The charge was given by the National Publicity Secretary of Academic Staff of Polytechnics (ASUP), Comrade Abdullahi Yalwa at the swearing in ceremony of the new officials held at ASUP Secretariat, ATAP, Bauchi on Thursday.
He said that, “I will use this medium to call on our students to obtain their PVCs in order to vote for a competent and credible leader that will not neglect our education system in 2023 General Election.”
He also stressed that oath is a very important thing that must be respected because it is a covenant to serve the people well, saying that anyone who misuse the privileges of the oath will live to regret.
He further warned them against unnecessary confrontation with school authorities saying that, “before you embark on any protest, make sure that it is justified and absolutely necessary. Confrontation will never solve any problem”.
Abdullahi Yalwa also charged the newly elected Zonal leadership of NANS to ensure that they operate an open door style which will accommodate all different opinions for development of the Zone and NANS in general.
In his inaugural speech, the Zonal E Coordinator of NANS, Ambassador Alhassan Adamu called for support and cooperation of all members stressing that, “every society is a reflection of its members and a team will always be better than a person, individually we cannot do much, but together we will achieve more. “United we bargain divided we beg” hence let us join our hands together in order to make our Association NANS, our Zone (Northeast) and our dear nation, Nigeria a better reflection of who we are as a people”.
He added that, “The National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS) as a pressure group is Primarily created to protect the interest and welfare of Nigerian Students. I am pretty sure this is another beginning of achieving a productive NANS” .
Alhassan Adamu added that, “Today, I want to reiterate our stand to defend and protect the rights of students schooling in Northeastern Nigeria. We are calling on ASUU and Federal Government to stop wasting our precious time, also to know that our voice in the Wilderness always standing on the 3Cs as the only means of resolving any problem (Consultation, Consolidation, and Confrontation) and we already exhausted the first and the Second Cs, what remains is the last one”.
According to the NANS Zone Ẹ Coordinator, “We are now ready and committed to matching our words with action, most especially at this time we have been forced to seat at home because of the obvious lackadaisical attitude of our leaders to Education” .
“This time around will not be a business as usual; we assure you that the elected leadership of this Zone will do all it takes within our Constitutional power and Authority to go back to our classes. The darkest hour comes just before dawn, therefore, have faith that through our collective efforts, we will have course to rejoice soonest,” he declared.