The National Coordinator, Students Vanguard, Mr Sunday Asefon promised on Wednesday in Abuja to mobilise students to vote for the ticket at 2023 presidential election.
Sen. Bola Tinubu and Sen. Kashim Shettima are presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the election.
Asefon made the promise at the unveiling of the Students Vanguard.
Asefon, former President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), said the group would be the largest students movement targeted at actualising the “Renewed Hope’’ mandate.
“ Students Vanguard was set up to advance the course of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Sen. Kashim Shettima for president and vice-president of Federal Republic of Nigeria, respectively.
“This is by sensitising, educating and mobilising all registered student voters across all the campuses in the country.
“This will ensure that they participate in forming good governance and while doing this, inculcate a culture of governance through our sensitisation and re-orientation programmes on campuses.
“It is also to tell them the reason why Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Sen. Kashim Shettima are most preferred at this material time,’’ he said.
Asefon added that the group members were ready to change the mind-sets of Nigerian students and awaken in them the spirit of nationalism and hard work.
He explained that this would be done by developing positive attitude towards the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the APC.
The ex-NANS president said today’s Nigeria needed visionary, deep thinkers, and men with the Midas touch, who could take the country on a journey of prosperity.
Asefon promised to mobilise millions of Nigerian students for the project, while educating them on the need to support the Shettima train.
“We have continued to send the message of renewed hope to future generations through our various platforms.
“Today is a day to re-awaken the consciousness of Nigerian students as a youth group whose interest is the total wellbeing of our student members.
“We cannot seek for anything short of a rosy future for the younger generation which the incoming president has championed in the time past.
“When he was the governor of Lagos State he initiated numerous policies and programmes that bettered the lives and living of people,’’ Asefon said on Tinubu.
“Nigerian Students are solidly behind Tinubu.
He is our first choice, the second choice and the third choice for the exalted seat.
“We beckon on all Nigerians to join us in this journey,’’ he added.
Asefon commended the Federal Government and ASUU for ending the last eight-month strike by varsity lecturers.
NAN) The National Industrial Court,on Tuesday struck out a suit filed by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to compel the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing strike.
The judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman in the ruling terminated further proceedings in the matter after it was withdrawn by the claimant, Umar Lawal.
From facts, Lawal had filed the suit which was mentioned on Sept.16, for himself and on behalf of NANS against the Minister of Education, ASUU and the Attorney-General of the Federation.
However, when the matter slated for hearing came up on Tuesday, Lawal notified the court that he had filed a motion for discontinuance.
He added that he premised his decision to withdraw the suit on account of the challenge by NANS which contested his position as its president in the affidavit he had deposed to.
After Lawal submitted his application, the court asked if Marshal Abubakar, counsel to ASUU had any objection, he informed the court that he was not opposed to Lawal’s application to withdraw the suit.
The other defendants were however, had no legal representation in court.
A university student, Soohemba Aker, has prayed a Federal High Court, Abuja for an order of interlocutory injunction suspending the activities of Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
Aker, a final year Law student of Benue State University, Markudi, also sought same order suspending the operation of Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), including payment of the monthly allocation funds to 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th respondents pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that RMAFC is responsible for advising federal and state governments on fiscal efficiency and methods by which their revenue can be increased and determines remuneration packages of political office holders.
NAN also reports that FAAC ensures that resources are distributed among the beneficiaries of the Federation Account in accordance with constitutional provisions and uphold the interpretations by the Supreme Court on areas requiring such clarification.
The Senate President, House of Representatives Speaker and Governor of Abia (also sued in his own official capacity and in representative capacity for all the other governors of the 36 states of the federation) are 3rd to 5th respondents respectively.
The Attorney-General of Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, the Attorney General of Abia (also sued in representative capacity for all the other Attorney Generals of the 36 states of the federation); the Vice Chancellor(VC) of the University of Abuja (also sued in representative capacity for all the other vice chancellors and the members of the Senate of both federal and state universities currently participating in the ongoing ASUU Strike) are 8th to 10th respondents respectively.
The student, in a fundamental rights enforcement suit marked: 16842022 and filed by her lawyer, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, SAN, had, in addition, sued the Federal Government, Registered Trustees of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as 1st and 2nd respondents.
She also sued RMAFC, FAAC and Umar Faruk (President, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS) as 6th, 7th and 11th respondents respectively.
The applicant, who said she is currently affected by the ongoing strike, filed the action for herself on behalf of all students of public tertiary institutions currently affected by the nationwide ASUU strike.
The case was filed pursuant to Sections 46(1), (2) and (3) of the 1999 Constitution and Article 17(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Chapter A9 (Charter 10 LFN 1990) No. 2 of 1983.In the application, Aker prayed the court for an order stopping the payment of salaries, allowances and other benefits of all political office holders at the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, including the chief of staff to the president, all Senate and House of Representatives members.
She also urged the court to stop salaries and allowances of all ministers, permanent secretaries, head of parastatals and extra-ministerial bodies, all VCs of striking universities, as well as the salaries and allowances of members of Senate of said striking universities, salaries and allowances of all members of ASUU pending the hearing and final determination of the motion on notice.
She equally sought an order of mandamus compelling the defendants including members of Senate of the striking universities to return to the 1st respondent (FG) their monthly salaries, allowances and other benefits received individually or collectively from the day the industrial action of the 2nd respondent (ASUU) commenced till date, pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion.
In a supporting affidavit deposed to, Aker averred that the strike has continue to affect her adversely as her plans of graduating this academic year 2022 and to apply for admissions into the Nigerian Law School had been thwarted.
She said that her tuition fees paid for the academic year will go in vain as the academic year is almost lost if nothing is done.
She stated further that her dreams of becoming a law graduate and a future lawyer are at the verge of collapsing as her sponsor had made it clear that this year was the last year to sponsor her in school, among others.
The matter is yet to be assigned to a judge.
The Kwara Commissioner of Police, Mr Paul Odama, has advised the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Kwara chapter, against their planned shutting down of flight operations at Ilorin Airport.
A statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer in Kwara, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, on Monday in Ilorin said that Odama met with the student leaders on the need to set aside the planned protest and allow government and ASUU settle their differences amicably.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the students’ national body had directed all its members to shut down flight operations in the Airports in South West zone, including Ilorin International Airport.
This is in solidarity with members of ASUU who have been on strike since February.
According to the statement, the state police commissioner made it clear to the students that he was ready at all times to cooperate with them as well as expecting them to reciprocate.
He explained the dangers inherent in embarking on such economic damaging protest which could be hijacked by hoodlums, like it happened during the EndSars protest of 2020.The statement quoted the President of the students union, Mr Suleiman Yusuf Issa, in his response, reiterating his unalloyed support and admiration to the Kwara Police Command.
”He told the CP of the collaboration between the association and the police in the state and promised not to do anything that could jeopardise the cordial relationship and the fragile peace existing in the state.
”Issa explained that the directive to shut down the airports by NANS is only binding on the Zone D axis of the association which comprised States in the Southwest of the country, while Kwara state is in Zone C, comprising states in North central axis.
”He thanked the CP for inviting them for the parley, promising to cooperate with the command in a bid to making the command succeed in her onerous task of providing safety and security for the people and residents of Kwara state,” the statement read in part.
The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), Kwara Chapter, has threatened to embark on peaceful protest and occupy Kwara airport, if the protracted ASUU strike is not suspended.
Mr Salman Issa, the NANS Kwara Chairman told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ilorin that members were just waiting for directives from its national secretariat.
Issa said once the national body of the students gave the order to the remaining 36 states, they would comply with the protest.
NAN reports that the Kwara NANS chairman was reacting to the blockage of the Murtala Mohammed Airport by the NANS, who stormed the Airport in Lagos to mount pressure on the government to resolve the seven-month industrial strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The students’ national body had earlier threatened to ground activities at the local and international airports across the country, beginning Monday due to the strike.
Issa explained that the directives so far only involved Zone ‘D’ of NANS, comprising South West states.
According to him, the National President of NANS is employing the means of dialogue and engaging with necessary stakeholders to solve the lingering strike by ASUU.
“The directives of the protest is only binding on South West states which has been ongoing for the past five days.
“When given directive, we shall comply too,” he said.
Also speaking with NAN, Mr Isaac Adeleye, the General Secretary of Unilorin SUG, said the union is researching on best possible means to tackle the situation, assuring that they are deliberating on the matter.
“We are collaborating with the Kwara axis of NANS to see what will happen next,” he said.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Thursday blocked the major Ibadan – Ile-Ife-Ilesa Expressway, leaving motorists and commuters stranded for for several hours.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this was in continuation of the association’s nationwide protest on major highways against the lingering face-off between the Federal Government and their lecturers.
NAN recalls that the students started the protest on Tuesday at the Sagamu interchange, blocking all roads leading to Lagos, Abeokuta and the Southern part of the country.
The agency recalls that ASUU had on Feb. 14, embarked on indefinite strike on the premise of inadequate funding of public universities, among other demands.
NAN, also reports that the blockage, which started at about 12.30 p.
m, left many motorists plying the road stranded with their passengers.
All entreaties to the aggrieved students by motorists and commuters, especially those going for one ceremony or the other did not yield any result as they refused bluntly to open the road.
Even, the presence of the security personnel, especially the police, Federal Road Safety Corps, could not help matter as the students insisted that they would not leave the road until their demands were met by the Federal Government.
The protesting students, armed with placards of various inscriptions, were chanting solidarity songs, saying that they were tired of staying at home and demanded an end to the strike.
One of their banners at the scene of protest.
Some of the protesting students chanting solidarity songs on highway.
Commenting, Emmanuel Olatunji Adegboyega, the South-West Coordinator of NANS, said the government should brace up as the students were tired of sitting idle at home.
Adegboyega said that the students would not relent until they go back to school.
He said: “We insist that government must fund education and not look down on children of the masses, because their own children are schooling abroad.
“We will continue to occupy the major roads live and better still, we will go to Abuja and ensure that we make our voices heard.
But, we will not stop until ASUU strike is called off.
” Also, Mr Abidemi Adeleke, the NANS Chairman in Oyo State, said that only the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fasola had responded to the students’ protest through the media.
According to Adeleke, Fasola described our protest as illegal, but he didn’t see non payment of lecturers’ salaries as illegal.
“We are not moved by whatever name our protest is tagged, all we want is to return back to the classrooms.
“We are live now at Gbongan Expressway.
Let them answer us and not tag our being on the highways as illegal, because we will not stop until we can go back to schools.
However, the NANS leadership later agreed to open the highway at exactly 3.00 p.
m, after pleadings from the stranded motorists and commuters.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Tuesday said its members in the nation’s tertiary institutions would continue to occupy major highways in protest against the ongoing nationwide strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
They spoke one after the other at Sagamu interchange on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway during their protest against the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the students had on Tuesday morning blocked the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, protesting against the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
NAN reports that the students in their hundreds, demanded the immediate end to the strike, which had entered its seventh month.
The situation left many motorists plying the road stranded with their passengers.
All entreaties to the aggrieved students by motorists and commuters did not yield any result as NANS members insisted that they would not leave the road until their demands were met by the Federal Government.
Addressing journalists at the scene, Mr Afeez Akinteye, the National Vice-President, NANS External Affairs, said: “Our demand is not new; it is for the government to end the ASUU strike now.
“We have had enough of this.
We started the protest today; we will continue until the strike is called off.
“We don’t want to know how they will do it, because government has the money and the power.
“We are just interested in going back to the classrooms, they should fund education and end the ASUU strike.
“With the new leadership of NANS, it is not going to be business as usual,” Akinteye said.
He said the protest would be continuous, adding that students were ready to give it all it takes to go back to the classrooms.
“We have packed our loads from our homes and we are now ready for this struggle until the strike is called off.
“Over 500 of us from various universities nationwide are staging this protest, saying ‘End ASUU strike permanently,” Akinteye said.
Also, Mr Elvis Ekundina, the NANS Deputy Senate President, said that students would continue to block all the federal roads until the government resolve the issues with ASUU.
Ekundina said that quick action should be taken to enable the students to return to the classrooms, saying that they were most affected with the current faceoff between the Federal Government and ASUU.
Commenting, Mr Damilola Simeon, a NANS member, said that students were in support of proper funding of the nation’s educational sector.
Simeon appealed to the Federal Government to pay all the outstanding arrears and salaries of the lecturers.
”We are not in support of the policy of ‘No Work No Pay,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun, told NAN that his men were on top of traffic management at the location.
“FRSC in Ogun wishes to inform the motoring public on the ongoing protest on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, around Sagamu interchange down to Makun City. “Motorists are advised to use alternative routes to avoid unnecessary delay base on the issue on ground.
“FRSC operatives and other sister organisations are fully on ground managing the situation,” he said.
Some of the motorists who spoke to NAN expressed displeasure over the situation, saying that the action had led to a heavy gridlock on the expressway.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Tuesday blocked the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in protest against continue closure of the nation’s universities over the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The students in their hundreds blocked the expressway at Sagamu interchange in Ogun, leading to gridlock on the ever busy road.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the situation left many motorists plying the road stranded with their passengers.
All entreaties to the aggrieved students by motorists and commuters did not yield any result as members insisted that they would not leave the road until their demands are met by the Federal Government.
NAN recalls that ASUU had on Feb. 14, embarked on indefinite strike on the premise of inadequate funding of public universities, among other demands.
The protesting students, armed with placards of various inscriptions, were chanting solidarity songs, saying that they were tired of staying at home and demanded an end to the strike.
They also insisted that the Federal Government should yield to the demands of their lecturers for them to call off the strike.
In his reactions, Mr Abidemi Adeleke, NANS Chairman, Oyo State chapter, said that the students’ action followed the unresolved impasse between the Federal Government and the university lecturers.
Adeleke said, “The protest was due to the lingering impasse between the Federal Government and ASUU, which had defied all solutions.
“We want the Federal Government to end ASUU strike permanently, that is why we are on the road protesting.
“This is just the tip of an iceberg.
We are just getting started.
“Today, we are live at Lagos- Ibadan Expressway, just after Sagamu Interchange.
“And, tomorrow, by the special grace of God, we will be at another location, next tomorrow the same thing, until our voice is heard,” Adeleke said.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for immediate resolution to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The newly elected President of NANS, Umar Faruq-Lawal, made the call in Abuja while addressing journalists on the development of the strike.
Faruq-Lawal called on ASUU to return to negotiation table and re-open public universities across the country.
He also announced that the association would protest against the eight months old strike, saying the labour crisis had brought untold hardship on the students, parents and the economy of Nigerians.
The newly elected president of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Umar Faruq-Lawal with members of the association during a news conference on impasse.
The president also said that it introduced the ‘Academic Reforms struggle’ in honour of one of NANS’ late officials to generate discourse on educational development in the country.
“The only thing I will say is that ASUU and Federal Government should return to negotiation table and resolve all the issues amicably and reopen our campuses.
“It’s not the students that pay the salaries of the lecturers ,it’s the Federal Government so we don’t have capacity to advise government nor our lecturers, we can only insist that both of them return to negotiation table,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Senate President of NANS, Adediwura Adeshina, said the student leaders would hold a meeting to decide on the day to hold a protest.
“In the next 24hrs, the President of NANS will meet with legitimately elected SUG president of all campuses.
” And we will take decision on the date we will storm the Federal Ministry of Education.
” We are not going with thugs but students that have their I.
D cards,” he said.
Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe has congratulated the newly-elected President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Mr Usman Barambu, on his victory at the recent NANS convention.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Director-General of Press Affairs, Government House, Gombe, Mr Ismaila Misili, on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barambu was the National President of Gombe State Students’ Association.
The governor said that he received the news of Barambu’s victory with delight.
According to him, Barambu is the first student from Gombe to be elected NANS president.
He described him as a passionate and hard-working young man and a unionist with track records of excellent performance and leadership qualities.
The governor urged the new NANS president to bring to bear his wealth of experience in repositioning the association for the good of Nigerian students.
Yahaya also urged him to continue to bring honour to Gombe, and assured him of the support, solidarity and goodwill of the government and people of the state.