The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has declared it would set up committee that would look into coordinating activities of the body in respect to uniting students’ body ahead of its 2018 national convention.
Through a communiqué issued on Sunday after the students’ body’s meeting at University of Abuja on Sunday, it disclosed that the decision to set up such committee was sequel to motion by a student of the university, Friday Adayi, .
The communique had revealed that Obasi, had in a letter dated March 1, addressed to Nigerian students, to convened a conciliatory meeting slated for March 10 and that at the body, after a presidential aspirant, Friday Adayi, motion, moved aspirant in resolved through deliberation on inevitable unity of the NANS
According to it, Adayi urged legitimate Nigerian students to appeal to stakeholders, particularly former NANS leaders to come together, to champion unity of the body.
At the meeting, student apex body suggested that former National President of NANS 2007/2008 tenure, Yinka Dada, be appointed as chairman of the Conciliatory Committee yet to be set up, with mandate of meeting Obasi, factional president,Aruna Kadiri zonal coordinators, stakeholders and selected student union presidents within two weeks.
“They are to harmonise a united Convention Planning Committee(CPC) that will organise and conduct an election on an agreed venue and date accepted by all parties”.
The communiqué said that it was agreed that the CPC members must have current matriculation numbers.
It listed the presidential aspirants in attendance as-Adayi, UniAbuja, Lukman Salahuddeen, Kwara State University, Berido Henry, Benue State Polytechnic, Adio Odunjo Orlando, University of Ilorin, Kwara State and Obande Gideon -who sent a text.
The communiqué said that the presidential aspirants, Abubakar Gambo, aspirant for office of NANS’ Senate President and numerous other aspirants for different offices agreed to have unity convention, following an appeal to the Governing Council and Management of UniAbuja to revisit case of the expelled 2007 SUG President of the institution, Igwe Ude-Umanta.
“Ude-Umanta was expelled in 2007 and 11 years was a long time punishment. We appealed for an unconditional waiver for expelled president.
The communiqué assured that Nigerian students would resist any form of opposition that might jeopardise the Energizing Education Programme(EEP) of the Federal Government.