The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has frowned at the continuous delay in the pronouncement of a substantive Rector for Federal
Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State, just as the student body demanded the immediate appointment of a Rector before the institution goes into a total collapse.
NANS also frowned at the inability of the school management to release the results of graduands of 2020 and 2021, lamenting that this has denied the concerned students the compulsory one year service to their father’s land.
INFO DAILY reports that tenure of the former Rector, Dr. Abdullateet Olatunji, expired on the 11 of January, 2022, and since then the federal institution has been managed by a Rector in acting capacity, contravening the Act that established Polytechnic which requires that a Rector cannot act beyond six months.
A statement signed by NANS President, Comrade SUNDAY Asefon, which was addressed to the Minister of Education; the Governing Council of the institution and other necessary stakeholders demanded to know reason behind the continuous delay in the pronouncement of a substantive Rector for the about 30-year-old federal institution.
In the statement which was made available to INFO DAILY on Monday, 8, August, the NANS President lamented that the “precarious effect of lacuna in the position of the Polytechnic Rector is causing more harm than good both academically and issues related to the welfare and well being of the entire students and the Polytechnic community in general.”
The statement reads in part: “The inability of the School Management to release the result of F18 and F19 graduates over 9months ago, perilous state of Student’s hostel and classrooms, inconsequential policies among other obnoxious happenings in the Polytechnic can not be unconnected to the lack of a Pronounced Leader who can take responsibility and be responsible.
“Without further vituperation, NANS and the generality of Students of The Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State DEMANDS FOR IMMEDIATE Pronouncement of A SUBSTANTIVE RECTOR without prejudice to the statutory criteria and existing formal process. Unfortunately, our teaming peace-loving Students in the Polytechnic can no longer afford to be a victim of circumstances!
“We call on all the concerned stakeholders to come to the rescue of the imminent collapse of the Polytechnic occasioned by the continuous VACCUM in the position of the Rector and Chief Executive Officer of the Polytechnic.”
ASUU Strike: NANS To Block PH International Airport, Calabar-Itu Highway
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South-South zone has threatened to block the Portharcourt International Airport, the Calabar-Itu highway and shut down critical infrastructures in the zone if the strike by the Association of Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) persists.
The South-South Coordinator, NANS ZONE B, Kings Tamarapreye disclosed this over the weekend during a press conference in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
Urging ASUU to heed to court and call off the 8-month- old strike, NANS urged the federal government to also accede to the demands of ASUU saying that students suffer the most.
Tamarapreye threatened that if NANS demands are not considered, their next action may be ‘worse than the EndSARS protest.
The statement read in parts, “As the leadership of NANS ZONE B, we wish to restate our total commitment towards the return of Nigerian students to the various campuses.
“We give a vote of confidence to comrade Usman Barambu-led administration for a job Weldon in bridging the gap between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“We reaffirm our total stand by calling the body to honour the order of reopening the institutions as we equally call on the federal government to as a matter of urgency subscribe to the demands of ASUU.
“It is on record that in this particular Zone (NANS Zone B, South-South), we have led several forms of protest to see how we can return students to school because the main reason we were elected leaders is to prioritize the welfare of the students.
“It is a sad thing that for eight months now, Nigerian students are still at home. It is on record that we have blocked the roads of Akwa Ibom and the Cross River States in solidarity.
“There was a memo for the mobilization of the nation shut down and it is still on course. As we are appealing to ASUU to listen to the court order and return to school, if they fail, we will mobilize and shut down the whole country because the federal government has been so nonchalant to education in this country.
“We all know that education in this country is underfunded and we will not fold our arms, it is time we take our destinies into our hands. In this South-South region, we are going to block the Portharcourt International airport, block Calabar-Itu highway as well as other infrastructures.”
Strike: Shift Grounds In The interest Of Nigerian Students, Kumuyi Tells FG, ASUU
The General Overseer of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor W. F Kumuyi, has urged the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASSU, to shift grounds in resolving the conflict between them in the interest of Nigerian students.
Kumuyi made the call in Minna while fielding questions from journalists in Minna, Niger State during his six-day Global Crusade with Kumuy.
He said he personally believes dialogue is the only forward out of the impasse.
He stated, “To ameliorate and solve the problem, I think we should be looking at how A should be looking for what will satisfy B and B should be looking for what will satisfy A.”
Kumuyi argued that fighting between the opposing institutions would not bring about the much desired peace and resolution of the crisis, insisting that the price must come from both sides.
The cleric maintained, “On the conflict we have between government and higher institutions. I believe that dialogue is the way forward. I believe rioting and so on is not the way out, mark my words, I didn’t say will not; but may not solve the problem.”
“When two instructions or two opposing bodies have a challenge, one should look at the challenge from the point of view of the other person. The universities should be looking at what the government can do and the government should be looking at how to solve the problem.”
Asked if God has spoken to him on the 2023 general elections, Kumuyi noted, “I cannot tell lies, God has not told me anything about 2023. He has not found me fit to tell me. He will not tell any man everything”
He continued, “He (God) may tell Moses to do something and may tell Joshua another thing. He might tell Paul something and not tell Peter. Who am I to question him? I cannot tell God, this is my country, why have you told me this or that”.
Calling on the youth in the build up towards 2023 general elections, the G.O stated, “young people should exercise their rights, they should use their intelligence to get us people that would get us to where we are going.”
JUST IN: UNIBEN VC Prof Lilian Salami Elected As Chairman Committee Of Vice-Chancellors
The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities (CVCNU) has elected the Vice-Chancellor of University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Lilian Salami as chairman.
The Secretary General, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday.
The new chairman was unanimously elected at its virtual/physical meeting held at its secretariat in Abuja.
Ochefu said the Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Prof. Sagir Abbas was elected as the Alternate Chairman.
The secretariat wished the two members of the Executive Board of the Committee success as they take over the mantle of leadership.
Salami becomes the second female VC to head the committee. Until now, Salami was the Alternate Chairman to Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem.
Abdulkareem will complete his tenure as the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) on October 15.
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