The newly elected members of the national executive committee (NEC) of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) met on Friday September 23 in Abuja and adopted resolutions on critical issues that bothers on the progress of the organisation.
The inaugural meeting of the students’ body chaired by the President of NANS, Comrade Usman Umar Barambu, had the Vice President (Inter-Campus Affairs), Comrade Vanessa Egbeahie and other members of the executive committee in attendance.
NANS, which is the “apex body of Nigerian students studying at the various higher institutions both at home and in diaspora”, prides itself “as the largest students’ body in Africa.”
A communique issued by the NANS’ National Secretary-General, Comrade Usman Baba Kankia, and made available to CAMPUS GIST, is reproduced below;
RESOLUTION REACHED AT THE END OF THE NANS 1ST NEW EXECUTIVES COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER, 2022 IN ABUJA.
The newly elected officials of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) held its first Executive Council meeting of the new administration under the leadership of Comr. Umar Usman Barambu. During the Course of the meeting, matters of urgent importance and significance especially as it affects Nigerian students and the Nation at large were deliberated upon.
The following resolutions were reached at the end ot the executive meeting:
I. The National Executive Council pledge its unalloyed loyalty, commitment and support to the new President of NANS and will give our utmost best to see the administration succeed and deliver on the promises made to the Nigerian students during campaign.
II. On ASUU Strike: The Council plead and appeal to the leadership of ASUU to put into consideration the plight of Nigerian Students and the negative impact of the strike on the Nation’s economy and the local economy of the host communities of our Universities. ASUU should in the interim abide by the Court Order granted by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria to enable students go back to class, this should be done with expediency while the case continues in Court and negotiations with the Federal Government continue, as well.
III. The Council call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to see to the full implementation of the ASUU/Federal Government agreement to allow for
seamless resumption of academic activities across Nigerian public universities.
The Council implore Mr President to improve the funding of education sector in Nigeria, to create jobs for the youth, inculcate skills and empower the youth for a sustainable and resilient economy.
IV. Appreciation: The Council express its deep appreciation to the Nigerian Security Agencies, especially, the DSS, Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Army, among others for their role in the peaceful conduct of the NANS 2022 Elective Convention.
The Council also express its appreciation to the respected Stakeholders of NANS for their role in stabilizing the union at all times. Special appreciation also goes to Students Union Government Presidents, Senators, Journalists, observers and most importantly, the Convention Planning Committee for their various contribution during the Course of the 2022 NANS Elective Convention.
Finally, it is the determination of this administration under Comr. Umar Usman Barambu to genuinely champion the legitimate yearnings and aspirations of Nigerian Students and protect their rights, interest and privileges, at all times. It is, therefore, our expectations that Nigerian students whom we are out to serve will continue to give us their maximum support, goodwill and solidarity at all times.
God bless NANS,
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Aluta Continua, Victoria Ascerta.
Comr. Usman Baba Kankia,
National Secretary General,