NAKOSS Tackles NANS Over Media Attack on Wada

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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF KOGI STATE STUDENTS, NAKOSS

Our attention has been drawn to the statement issued by one Ezekiel Nwankwo under the umbrella of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, describing the government of kogi state as one on an auto-reverse in the THISDAY newspaper on the 31st May, 2015.

In view of the apparent misleading and sinister intent of Mr Ezekiel Nwankwo and NANS and While We will not jump gun to debunk the maligned publication by one Ezekiel Nwankwo as the spokesman of the National Association of Nigerian Students, who out of ignorance described Kogi state as one in an auto-revise, We wish to humbly say here that we the members of the National Association Of Kogi State Students (NAKOSS) are very fortunate to have a father in the esteemed person of His Excellency Capt Idris Wada, the Governor of Kogi whose sterling credentials as a trustworthy, honest, forthright, disciplined and God fearing personality of impeccable character has offered ray of hope to the students and the  people of the state today.

The insinuation, innuendo and allegation that His Excellency, Capt Idris Wada is not in charge of the state or his government has not been impactful malicious, false and the figment of the imagination of Mr Ezekiel Nwankwo who was hired to drag the students into the mucky water of politics to discredit Wada’s achievement in the state.

We deem it appropriate to use this medium to apprise the entire students of kogi state under the umbrella of NAKOSS and other well-meaning Nigerians that no administration has paid key attention to the educational development in kogi state like Capt Idris Wada’s. In January 2015, Capt Wada laid the foundation for the N3.7b 250 beds spaces of School of Medicine of the Kogi State University, Anyigba and has equally constructed two blocks of over 500 bed spaces in both male and female hostels in kogi state university in addition to the provision of water and other essential facilities that enhance academic performance of the students. Capt Wada has equally provided infrastructure such as internal road networks, water supply and hostel accommodation for students in the kogi state polytechnic, Lokoja. This eleemosynary of Capt Wada have been extended to the college of education, Ankpa and college of education technical, Kabba all in kogi state.

It is foolhardy for anyone who has passed through some level of education to say that the government of Capt Wada did not mean well for the education development of the state, inline with the few aforementioned achievements in the sector.

My advise for the likes of Ezekiel Nwankwo is that, students like him should not allow themselves to be used by politicians. The era of change is here. That change should start from attitudes of the youth. For him to come and peddle blatant lies in the name of students is embarrassing.  Kogi civil servants have been paid up till April in full. Over 90 percent of the state’ s allocation is used to take care of the 26000 civil servants of the state at the expense of the remaining population of the state which is over 3 million. In spite of that the state has maintained it’s monthly subventions to tertiary institutions in the state, maintained scholarship.  If Ezekiel and NANS are ill-informed- they should seek information before rushing to the papers to embarrass themselves and the nigerian students that they seek to represent.

10 percent of Kogi allocation and the state’s IGR which was increased by 200 percent by the Wada administration is used to settle pensions arrears, leave bonus, gratuity backlog and ministerial running costs. Instead of coming to chastise a prudent and transparent government like Kogi,  self appointed spokesmen of the labour unions like Ezekiel should direct their energies towards states that owe their workers many months salaries.

Comrade Ibrahim Amodu
National President, National Association Of Kogi State Students (NAKOSS)


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