NANS threatens to shut down Akwa Ibom State Govt’s activities

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NANS threatens to shut down Akwa Ibom State Govt’s activities

The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) has threatened to shut down state government’s  activities in Akwa-Ibom over alleged endorsement.

A statement signed by the NANS President, Danielson Akpan, in Abuja on Saturday, said the Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom should stop insulting the senses of Akwa Ibom students.

The student body alleged that the governor had in the last two months attempted to procure students endorsement with N100 million through his Special Adviser on Students Matters, Ms Aquila Otobong.

“The attention of the leadership of NANS has been drawn to the purported student’s endorsement rally organised by the SA on Students Matters to Gov. Udom in connivance with some cult leaders in Akwa-Ibom State.

“It is no more a news that Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel out of desperation has twice in the last two months attempted to procure students endorsement with almost N100 million through his SA on Student Matters and some cultists.

“These cultist claimed to be students without any notable students’ leader leading any known students’ structure either in Akwa-Ibom State or Nigeria at large.

“The first attempt was during the International Students Day Celebration in November 2018. The event was a flop as over N30 million was given through the SA Student Matters, but it was diverted into private pocket of the official and her cronies.

“Again, on Jan. 10, 2019, about N40 million was doled out by Gov. Udom through Aquila Otobong for a solidarity walk, it was diverted leading to disruption of public peace and destruction of properties in the state for several hours before the police command was able to restore normalcy. ‘’

The student body also alleged that since the governor’s assumption of office, no student of Akwa-Ibom origin had received bursary neither had any been granted scholarship.

According to him, our special students, particularly in Medical and Law schools, were not only neglected but made to suffer hardship in the pursuit of their highly expensive professional careers.

“Is it not ridiculous that a Governor, who claimed to have sacked 5,000 recruited Secondary School teachers that would have boosted education development of the state due to paucity of funds, can now dole out millions of naira monthly to procure imaginary endorsement from students?

“It is ungodly for Gov. Udom to claim that gratuities, imprests, leave bonuses and pension arrears were jettisoned based on excuses of paucity of funds, can now turn around to spend millions of naira in purchasing the support of these important citizens he brazenly abandoned since assumption of office.’’

Akpan said that before the administration of Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom indigenous students enjoyed constant bursary payment, regular scholarship and reasonable allowances for Medical and Law students.

He added that under past administrations of the state, all tertiary institutions in the state were well funded, infrastructural development of campuses was a topmost priority and workers’ welfare was paramount.

“Consequent upon these misdirected priorities, we wish to demand that the governor should tender an unreserved apology to the people of Akwa-Ibom state and Nigerian students for his administrative ineptitude,

“This, hitherto, has jeopardized the academic future of all indigent Akwa-Ibom students on the altar of self-aggrandisement.

“Also, we demand that all outstanding bursary entitlements of students of Akwa-Ibom State origin be paid in seven days from the date of this release.

“That Aquila Otobong and her cohorts should tender their unreserved apology in written to both the leadership of NANS and National Association of Akwa Ibom Students.

“This apology should be published same on national dailies for the grand deception and impersonation of Akwa-Ibom Students, which her fraudulent actions has brought on Akwa-Ibomites.’’

The student body also demanded that the governor should pay the entitlements of workers which include pension arrears, leave bonuses, gratuities without further excuses.

NANS further demanded the governor to publish the debt profile, Federal Government monthly allocation and Internally Generated Revenue of the state as part of rendering account of stewardship to the people.

“Finally, this medium serves as a notification to the government of Akwa-Ibom State that failure to comply with the above demands will automatically engineer a massive shut-down of government activities by Nigerian students.’’

Reacting to the allegations, Mr Ekerete Udoh, Chief Press Secretary  to Gov. Udom Emmanuel told the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) that the allegations were false and should be  discountenanced.

“Endorsements are not procured, endorsements are voluntary affirmations of Gov. Udom Emmanuel’s spectacular achievements across sectors.

“The Akwa-Ibom students, like others have seen the huge investments the governor has made in the education sector, hence the endorsement they voluntarily gave.

“It is false and laughable the notion by NANS that the endorsement was motivated by pecuniary considerations.

“This is the talking point of the opposition elements in the State and should therefore, be discountenanced,” he said.

See NANS Press Statement Below

PRESS STATEMENT

12th January, 2019

GOVR. UDOM EMMANUEL STOP INSULTING THE SENSIBILITY OF AKWA-IBOM STUDENTS

The attention of the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has been drawn to the purported student’s endorsement rally organised by the SA Student to Gov. Udom in connivance with some cult leaders in Akwa-Ibom State whose pre-occupation is to constantly praise sing with intent to defraud the government in exchange for filthy lucre.

It is no more a news that Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel out of desperation has twice in the last two months attempted to procure students endorsement with almost #100m through his SA on Student Matters and some cultists claiming to be students without any notable students leader leading any known students structure either in Akwa-Ibom State or Nigeria at large.

The first attempt was during the International Students Day Celebration in November, 2018. The event was a flop as over #30m given through the SA Student was diverted into private pocket of the official and her cronies. Again, on 10th January, 2019, about #40m doled out by Governor Udom through Aquila Otobong for a solidarity walk was diverted leading to disruption of public peace and destruction of properties in the state for several hours before the police command was able to restore nomalcy. Surprisingly, this is Mr. Udom that has near zero achievement in the education sector.

It is evident that since assumption of office nearly 4 years ago, no student of Akwa-Ibom origin has received bursary neither has any been granted scholarship. Our special students particularly in Medical and Law schools were not only neglected but made to suffer untold hardship in the pursuit of their highly expensive professional careers. Undoubtably, it has become an embarrassing strategic fraud often initiated and executed by the SA on Student Matters, Ms.Otobong Aquila to merely assemble miscreants, cultists and thugs in the name of Nigerian Students just to extort the government for diversion into her personal pocket and that of her cronies. This infuriated the genuine students within the state to come out and challenge the governor for playing pranks with their future.

It smacks our sensibility that the Governor could physically stoop so low, identifying with fraudsters and miscreants to always embarrass the great state of Akwa-Ibom and her responsible citizens. No wonder the deep animosity the students harbour against Governor Udom’s government. Isn’t it ridiculous that a Governor who claimed to have sacked 5000 recruited secondary school teachers that would have boosted education development of the state due to paucity of funds can now dole out millions of naira monthly to procure imaginary endorsement from students?

It is ungodly for Governor Udom to shamefully claim that gratuities, imprests, leave bonuses and pension arrears were jettisoned based on excuses of paucity of funds can now turn around to spend millions of naira in purchasing the support of these important citizens he brazenly abandoned since assumption of office.

It may interest you to know that before the government of Mr Udom, Akwa Ibom indigenous students enjoyed constant bursary payment, regular scholarship, reasonable allowances for Medical and Law students. Under the previous administrations, particularly, under H.E Godswill Akpabio, all tertiary institutions in the state were well funded, infrastructural development of campuses was a topmost priority and workers welfare indeed was paramount.

Unfortunately, none of these aforementioned is in place under Mr Udom, as he can best be judged as the current worst governor in education development in Nigeria. Consequent upon these misdirected priorities, we wish to demand the following:

1.That the Governor should tender an unreserved apology to the people of Akwa-Ibom state and Nigerian students for his administrative ineptitude which hitherto has jeopardized the academic future of all indigent Akwa-Ibom students on the altar of self aggrandizement.

2.That all outstanding bursary entitlements of students of Akwa-Ibom State origin be paid in 7days from the date of this release.

3.That Otobong Aquila and her cohorts should tender their unreserved apology in written form to both the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and National Association of Akwa Ibom Students (NAAKISS) and publish same on national dailies for the grand deception and impersonation of Akwa-Ibom Students and the shame her fraudulent actions has wrought on Akwa-Ibomites.

4.That the Government of Akwa Ibom State should pay the entitlements of workers vis pension arrears, leave bonuses, gratuities e.t.c without further advancement of lame excuses.

5.That the Governor should desist from wasting our common patrimony on trivialities and publish the debt profile, federal government monthly allocation, Internally Generated Revenue of the state as part of rendering account of stewardship to the people.

Finally, this medium serves as a notification to the government of Akwa-Ibom State that failure to comply with the above demands will automatically engineer a massive shut-down of government activities by Nigerian students.

Long Live National Association of Nigerian Students!
Long Live Akwa Ibom State!!
Long Live Nigeria!!!

Signed:
Comr. Danielson Akpan, GCNS
President

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