The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sustain his battle against corruption in order to enthrone sustainable development in Nigeria.
The students made the call on Sunday as part of the communique raised after the National Conference of NANS which took place at Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja.
The apex students body noted that the future of the students in Nigeria cannot be guaranteed without curbing corruption. They noted that the incident of corruption bedeviling the nation has mortgaged the future of over 40.1m students.
NANS stated that they have resolved from their dialogue at the weekend National Conference with the theme: ‘Students, our Society and the Future’ that they will continue to support administration of President Buhari’s quest to stem corruption in the country.
In a communique signed by Comrade Noah Agada, the national treasurer of NANS and the chief convener of the national conference, Comrade Abdulhamid Mumin and Muniru Ajibodi, chairman and secretary respectively, the students urged management of institutions in the country not to see unionism as a gathering to witch-hunt, but a forum where administrative policies can be established on campus via students.
As part of the communique, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) said the only reliable solution to resolve high level of unemployment among graduates in the country is not to play lip service to entrepreneurship.
The students noted that it is expedient for various institutions not to play with issue of entrepreneurship, as it will help in filling the vacuums of joblessness in the society.
On issues of social vices and cultism among students in higher institutions of learning, NANS said that much emphasis should be placed by the various institutions on how it could be reduced through consistent sensitization of the students, for them to know that it is a major challenge toward achieving their academic goals.
The students therefore called on government at all levels to play a pivotal role towards protecting the interest of the students through adequate security and welfare packages.
While the students urged security agencies to halt hostility on innocent citizens and or students, they condemned the recent incident in Lagos where an innocent fresh graduate of university of Benin was killed by a stray bullet by men and operatives of SARS, stressing that NANS demands immediate justice over the ugly incident.
The student national body commended Governor Yahaya Bello for his giant strides in security matters, saying that he remains the most student friendly governor of the year; even as NANS said plan is already on the way to decorate him and Kogi state police commissioner with the award.