NANS presidential aspirant Adeyinka promises student union reforms
A presidential aspirant of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Olaseinde Adeyinka on Wednesday said he is seeking election into the office to reform the values system of the student union body.
Adeyinka in a statement said Nigerian students should start the post #EndSars restructuring by electing real students to lead NANS against the usual practice of electing old students to lead the apex students’ body in the country.
NANS Convention starts on Friday 27th November 2020 in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory with Adeyinka and 13 other presidential aspirants.
“The hunger and thirst for a NANS Rebirth seem to be abreast already, and I am more than glad to be pioneering this movement,” Adeyinka said.
“By the grace of God, the movement to bring back NANS to the young majority, to the actual students who can relate more to students’ peculiarities will be actualized at the coming convention. Every system is subjected to change. The Nigerian mainstream political structure has witnessed a breakthrough with the #NotTooYoungToRun bill, I believe the best way to effect this change is to begin with, NANS.”
Newton, a former Students Union President of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), said he does not only possess the intellectual capacity lead NANS, the 23-year old said he also possesses experience needed to triumph in the office having led FUTA students union government.
“I left a legacy of true unionism in FUTA, with fierce agitation for students’ welfare. Before my tenure, there was this narrative that the SUG was only a puppet in the hands of the school management; hence, there is usually a little incentive for student politicians to agitate for students’ rights in that respect.
“I left the mark of the “People’s President” – I was easily approachable, I received calls at midnight from students harassed by some unit of the police force, and I’d rush down that night; I made a conscious effort to solve off-campus electricity problem because I was part of the struggle myself.
“Let young capable heads rule NANS and deliver, then it will be easier for Nigerians to believe that the younger “Soro Soke” generation, is up to the task.”
On programmes he intends to pursue as NANS president, Adeyinka said he will “ensure the interest and dignity of Nigerian Students remain sacrosanct while maintaining a cordial relationship with the government and other organisations, ring NANS back to the Young vibrant majority, Initiate a lasting and cheap internet access for Nigerian Students in accordance to the demands of the global world, revive and revitalize the State of Our Student Union and accord more relevance to the office of the president, to find a lasting Solution to the continuous strike action affecting students, help build a NANS that balances intellectualism with Sagacity, a NANS that is taken seriously by men and women of valour and institutions of unquestionable integrity globally.”
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