The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has given a 7-day ultimatum to the Niger state government over the health situation of one of its former leaders.
In an emergency resolution issued in Abuja on Friday, September 1 and signed by its national president; Comrade Chukwunonso Obasi and secretary; Comrade Okoro Kenechukwu,the students body tasked the Niger State government as a matter of urgency, to take over the medical bill of Dauda Mohammed a former president of NANS from Niger state.
It was gathered that the resolution was also signed by all former presidents and former national and zonal executives members of NANS.
The resolution was signed and endorsed in front of the Indian Embassyin Abuja, after the students body had occupied the premises of the embassy to ensure the visa of Mohammed for hismedical trip to the country is given speedy consideration.
A letter written to the Indian embassy by Honourable Tony Nwoye (a former NANS president), to fast-track the visa application process of Dauda Mohammed. Source: NANS
The document reads in part:“Nigerian students are by this ultimatum advised to get set to mobilizethemselves to Niger state as NANS secretariat will be moved to Minna as a mark of solidarity to Mohammed Dauda.
“Students are advised to come only withtheir clothes and reading materials for Niger state government must take care of feeding, accommodation and other expenses.
“NANS leadership and former leaders advice primary school, secondary schools and tertiary institutions management in Niger state to immediately suspend academic activities in solidarity to this national mass action.
“The palpable silence by Niger state government is a tactical plan to abandon our national leader Dauda Mohammed to die. That will be resisted,injustice anywhere is a threat to peace everywhere.
The best time to act is now!Aluta continua.”NANS also used the occasion to mark the 18th year death of one of its former president, Moses Osakede, who died onhis way to Makurdi from Bauchi state.
Meanwhile, as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) remains atan impasse with the federal governmenton the issue of the ongoing indefinite strike, NANS has called on the parties toengage in constructive engagement.
The students body made the demand during an emergency meeting convened by its leaderes recently, in which they urged both bodies to engage with a human face to resolvethe lingering issues that led to the declaration of the strike.
They also lamented that the incessant and prolonged strike is one of the factors responsible for the falling standard of education in Nigeria.