EDITORIAL: Who becomes NANS President?

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) will today, elect new set of leaders that will pilot the affairs of the association till the next convention.

The election will take place at the Old Parade ground, FCT, Abuja.

The tenure of the outgoing executive led by Chinoso Obasi has since elapsed.

CAMPUSGIST gathered that the position of NANS President has been reserved for students in Zone C, comprising of higher institutions in North Central.

The outgoing NANS President, Chinoso Obasi, a 31 year-old graduate of Ebonyi state university, emerged from Zone B in 2016. Although, there is another NANS President, Aruna Kadiri, a Masters student of the University of Benin. Both leaders met earlier this year, sheath their swords and resolved for ‘UNITY Convention’.

Both leaders were elected when NANS was battling to save its integrity. The students’ body was seen as a disorderly and partisan organisation. But, a year after Obasi was sworn-in, many students believe he has taken steps to address the association’s problems.

Some students praised the outgoing NANS leadership for the resolution of Students’ Union Government (SUG) crises in many institutions. Some expelled student-leaders were reportedly reinstated to complete their programmes at Obasi’s instance.

But others believe the NANS leadership should have focused on changing people’s perception about the association.

As another election holds today, students are concerned with NANS battered image and how to restore its glory. Whoever emerges President is expected to bring the body and students closer.

Even though the electioneering may have ended, but it started on a faulty step as candidates engaged in mudslinging, name-calling, blackmail and social media wars.

The two candidates, believed to be the strongest among those vying for the NANS top office, have since unveiled their programmes.

AMB S. A LUKMAN

Lukan is a student of Kwara State University, KWASU.

He said his objective is to return NANS to campuses and insulate the body from the influence of moneybags who are using it for their political gains.

But, one of the challenges Lukman may likely encounter is the disagreement between him and some NANS stakeholders. He does not have a large number of student-leaders supporting his ambition, because he is believed to be the poorest candidate among them all.

DANIELSON BAMIDELE

Comrade Danielson Bamidele is a student of Nasarawa state university, Keffi. He has served in various capacity as a union leader, and has also led several successful struggle.

He said his ambition to serve is born out of the desire to reposition NANS.

He said that NANS needs a leadership that will feel the impulse of students, project their interests, yearnings and aspirations. He believes he is the right candidate for the post.

He promised to serve as a bridge between students and the management of all tertiary institutions in the country, when elected; saying: “I will engage in the struggle that will lead to the liberation of students who are oppressed by their school managements and government”, with a promise that NANS under his watch will be interested in scholarships and bursaries for students at state and federal government levels.

OTHERS ARE:

Friday Omadewu Adayi (UNIABUJA ticket)

Prince Miaphen (UNIJOS ticket)

Odunjo Adio (UNILORIN ticket)

Gideon Obande (NSUK ticket)

Jethro Kaluba Annum (University or Agriculture, Markurdi ticket)

Yusuf Farouk (NSUK ticket)

Berido Henry (Benue state Polytechnic ticket)

Dauda Muhammad (Yobe State university ticket)

While the contenders have been moving from campus to campus, the question many students are asking is: “WHO WILL RESCUE NANS AMONG THEM?”. Only TIME will tell.

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