NANS reviews, adopts 40-year constitution, cites insecurity, threats
Forty years after its formation, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), yesterday, said it has reviewed and adopted the constitution on which it was founded.
NANS’ President of the Senate, Chuks Okafor, disclosed this in a statement issued in Awka, Anambra State, stressing that a review of the constitution was necessitated by rising insecurity and threats exposing the country’s fragility and giving financial autonomy to members.
Okafor listed justice, peace and academic excellence as the motto and objectives of NANS, adding that the review and adoption of the constitution were done at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Rivers State, at its 66th Senate meeting.
He further said the constitution was unanimously adopted by all members to measure up with the realities of the times during the national convention.
Insisting that the Port Harcourt Declaration 2021 under his leadership had come to stay, he said: “We must acknowledge that the situation in Nigeria demands an urgent review of the constitution to help protect Nigerian students.
“NANS reviewed and adopted its constitution, delineating it in line with the geo-political zones of the country. It is a giant stride to move the association forward.”
He added that the items in the adopted constitution included financial independence of the students both home and abroad, promotion and encouragement of socio-cultural and intellectual interests of members, as well as acting as representatives of members at any given circumstances.
Others are: To maintain a good relationship with the management of the nation’s universities and to be the recognised liaison between members and the university authorities in the country, to promote and protect the educational interests and welfare of students, to protect and secure the fundamental rights and privileges of members and to promote and protect the NANS’ Senate at all times.
NANS was founded in 1980 to replace the National Union of Nigerian Students (NUNS), which was proscribed during General Olusegun Obasanjo’s military regime.
The association is the highest decision-making body for students of higher institutions of learning with over 30 million members in Nigeria and the Diaspora, fully committed to the mainstreaming of students and young leaders in governance at all levels.”