The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Friday decried and blamed the avoidable death of Akeredolu Clinton Ayomide, a 500-level Quantity Surveyor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) on the poor state of health facilities at the University.
NANS in a statement signed by Akinteye Babatunde Afeez, the Vice-President, External Affairs, emphasised that the death of the student could have been averted if the FUTA Health Center Director had been up and doing well in the discharge of his responsibilities.
NANS in the release titled: “The Demise Of Akeredolu Clinton Ayomide(Qsv 500l Student Of Federal University Of Technology Akure, Futa), An Avoidable Loss Due To Negligence And Incompetence-A Call For Mass Action” stated that colleagues that rushed the deceased to the FUTA health center met the hospital without electricity supply as they resorted to the use of flashlight to assist officials to set up oxygen and administer injection on the helpless student who died later.
The statement read in parts, “The demise of a dear student came to us a rude shock. Words cannot express how we are disheartened as a body whose sole and objective is to see to the welfare of Nigerian students.
“We are perplexed and disturbed that an ugly scenario of this nature has reoccurred and the management of the institution (FUTA) alongside the health care unit are yet to see the need to bring an end to this disastrous and wanton destruction of the lives of innocent students.
According to Akinteye, the association has lost a student with great potential to the cold hands of death due to the negligence and incompetence of some individuals charged with the responsibility to protect lives.
NANS warns that the association cannot continue to fold its hands without calling the management of the FUTA, and the health center to order as they toil with reckless abandonment with the lives of students put in their care.
“To our greatest dismay and based on a thorough examination and assessment of the situation, we have realized that the FUTA health care center, a supposed teaching hospital is nothing to write home about. Facilities at the center cannot save lives or meet emergency needs.
“It is also on record that as of the time the deceased was rushed to the school health center, there was a power outage and students had to use the flashlights to enable the setup of oxygen and injections.
“There is no backup at the institution’s health care center that’s supposed to run for 24 hours and 7 days weekly. This is worrisome and only shows the level of negligence of the institution in healthcare provision.”
NANS expressed disgust that the health center no longer dispenses prescribed drugs, saying the action of students to protest poor treatment at the health center has always been with the unwillingness of the Director to make amend but call the bluff of the aggrieved patients.
NANS in the statement recalled the death of an international student due to the carefree attitude and negligence of the people that are supposed to provide treatment.
In solidarity with the FUTA students, the association has called for mass action to force the Health Center Director to resign.
To this effect, in solidarity, the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS) calls for mass action against this inhumane and callous act demanding for the resignation of the healthcare Director/his suspension be effected and for the management of FUTA to properly and effectively equip the University’s health center in the next 72- hours to averting further occurrence.
“Consequently, we beckon on the Zonal Structure of NANS(Southwest) and Ondo JCC to prepare for a mass action on Tuesday 29th of August 2023 as we ground down FUTA north and South Gate should our demands are not met within the timeframe of next 72 hours by FUTA Management. “
Kwara Govt seeks public memoranda on proposed State University of Education
Kwara State Government has called on stakeholders in the education sector to submit memoranda for the establishment of Kwara State University of Education.
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had on the 17th of November, 2023 inaugurated Prof. Shuaibu Oba Abdulraheem-led committee to midwife the processes leading to the establishment of the institution.
“As part of the process, the government invites the general public, stakeholders, educational institutions, and interested groups to contribute their insights and recommendations through the submission of memoranda,” the committee said in a statement issued in Ilorin.
“This visionary initiative aims to enhance the quality of education and contribute to the development of human resources in the state.”
It stated that the memoranda should address relevant issues related to the establishment of the University of Education, including but not limited to:
• Preferred strategic location within the State that will ensure inclusivity
• Proposed academic programmes and faculties.
• Infrastructure and facilities requirements
• Collaboration opportunities with existing institutions.
• Strategies for community engagement and development.
The committee advised that all memoranda should be submitted in writing and sent to Council Chamber, KWASU Business School along Ajasse-Ipo Road, Ilorin or Room 33, Ministry of Tertiary Education, State Secretariat, Ilorin.
“Electronic submissions can also be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org and the deadline for the submission of memoranda is 15th December 2023,” the statement noted.
The committee encouraged active participation and engagement from all stakeholders to ensure that the university is established in a manner that best serves the educational needs of the communities.
New NANS leadership charged on effective, purposeful for progress
The newly elected leadership of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) led by the new President, Lucky Emonefe has been urged to be fair, just and honest in its leadership.
The new leadership was also advised to ensure that it carried all facets of membership along especially those who lost in the election in order to have one indivisible and united NANS.
The assertion is contained in a statement by a group known as NANS C5, signed by the Chairman and Secretary, Abdulrahman Bala and Prince Sani Mohammed respectively.
The group congratulated the newly elected National President of NANS, Comrade Lucky Emonefe, the Senate President, Akinteye Babatunde as well as the Vice President, of External Affairs, Comrade Mu’azu Mohammed Hina.
According to the statement, the C5 members celebrate and congratulate the President and two of their members who are among the new set of Executives, Comrade Akinteye Babatunde and Comrade Mu’azu Hina.
The C5 group stated that their services were more needed by Nigerian students at this material time, the more reason the group released them.
It added, “We also appreciate the efforts and the commitments of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Students Engagement, Comrade Asefon Dayo Sunday for ensuring a successful and free fair election.”
It added “Once again, congratulations to the C5 NANS family and the President-elect, Comrade Lucky and all other elected National Executives members. Their elections were well deserved.”
The C5 NANS Group expressed confidence in the abilities of the new EXCO members to lead NANS to higher heights in the struggle for better Nigeria students
NANS convention produces three presidents
Despite the crisis that characterised its national convention on Friday, resulting in a shooting, the national convention of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), ended in Abuja on Saturday morning with three factional presidents.
The convention which started last Monday climaxed with the election of the national executive of the association on Saturday morning.
The trio of Lucky Emonefe, a student of the College of Education, Warri, Delta State; Rioborue Deniran of the Department of Mass Communication, Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe Ogbara and Pedro Obi, a Ph.D. student of Guidance and Counseling studies at Delta State University, who contested for the position of president, said they were elected.
Both Lucky Emonefe and Rioborue Deniran, at separate media conferences in Abuja after the election, said their emergence had brought a new lease of life for NANS.
Speaking, Lucky Emonefe, warned against factionalisation of the NANS movement by aggrieved contestants, saying Nigerian students know their leaders from the Joint Campus Committee, Zonal and the National leadership because they are involved in their elections.
He appealed to President Bola Tinubu to approve a national annual bursary of N200, 000 to all Nigerian students irrespective of their creed or tribe.
According to him, the fund will act as a palliative to cushion the effects of the hard economic situation occasioned by the highly overdue economic reforms of the Tinubu administration.
On his part, Comrade Rioborue Jude Deniran, said: “I appreciate the last administration, the Executive, and the Senate arm for their services and sacrifices to the Nigerian students.
“All committees are also appreciated, including the convention chairman. Most appreciation goes to the distinguished senators of NANS (which are the SUG presidents) and our respected stakeholders as well for their contributions and support to the success of the 2023 National Convention. The senators (delegates) have indeed spoken well by electing one of them as NANS President.
“During the convention, a lot happened that we heard and witnessed, good, bad, and ugly. To the glory of God, we have started addressing the bad and ugly situations that require urgent attention. I am calling on the Department of State Security to give a report of the 2023 elective convention as the world is eager to know.
“It’s indeed an enormous privilege and honor to be trusted with the leadership of Nigerian students. I am deeply conscious of that privilege and honor at this time.
“It is indeed a remarkable and historic victory for Nigerian students, and I have no doubt about what this means to the students’ community.
“The mandate you have freely given to us is a mandate for reform and investment in the future of NANS, and it is also very clearly an instruction for good governance. I assure you of good leadership delivery, and you can rest assured that I would keep to my promises,” he said.
The new NANS Senate President, Comrade Akinteye Babatunde Afeez. said the election was free and fair even though some forces had wanted to circumvent the process before the intervention of the police and other security agencies.
He said the shootings reported at the convention were carried out by security agents to scare people who had wanted to cause chaos and disrupt the event, denying that some persons were hurt.
“The shooting was carried out by the DSS, it was not targeted at anybody. Rather, it was meant to scare troublemakers who had wanted to disrupt our event. And contrary to some reports, no one was hurt, he said.
Speaking with InsightMedia, a member of the outgoing executive said only Emonefe was declared winner at the convention ground.
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