The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has urged the Federal Government to ignore calls by some Muslim leaders, requesting convergence for prayers during the Eid-el-fitr celebrations.
National Public Relations Officer of the Association Azeez Adeyemi made the call via a statement in Abeokuta on Friday.
Adeyemi said that the convergence of Muslims across the country at various prayer grounds at a time the country was battling to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic should not be allowed.
He also urged Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu to mobilise his men and arrest any group of individuals found observing the Eid-el-fitr prayer in a public places without observing federal government’s precautions.
“The alarming rate at which cases of COVID-19 are increasing is not only worrisome but also calls for a concerted effort by all Nigerians.
“If Nigeria must win the fight against the spread of Coronavirus, every Nigerian, irrespective of religious affiliations must be ready to make sacrifices.
“Part of this sacrifice is for Muslims to observe the Eid-el-fitr prayers at home to prevent further spread of Coronavirus in the country,” he said.
The NANS spokesman also appealed to the federal government not to yield to the agitations in some quarters for the reopening of Christian and Muslim centres, saying “Nigeria is not ripe enough for such risk,” he said.
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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has urged managements of tertiary institutions to be flexible with their students on virtual learning due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The South-West Coordinator of NANS, Olawale Kappo, made the call in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.
He said that not all students have the financial capacity to procure smartphones or phones that could be connected to the internet.
“We have engaged both federal and state government officials on how to make learning effective most especially in this trying time where it’s difficult to make ends meet.
“The Federal ministry of education is not unaware of our recommendations and demands on virtual learning and some other progressive agitations we requested from the government.
“We sincerely appreciate the management of some tertiary institutions that have taken bold steps regarding the virtual learning,” he said.
Kappo urged Nigerian students not to partake in any meeting or protest called by any impostors to cause unnecessary commotion and disunity amongst students.
“We enjoin students not to partake in any protest as it is not proper at this time the country is battling with the COVID -19 pandemic as it will further expose the students to the virus.
“As a focused leadership of the zone, our activities are not restricted to social media because incessant blabbing, ranting and baseless denigrations on social media without physical actions or moves cannot yield positive result.
“The leadership of our indivisible association has been following some events on social platforms some days back,” he said.
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The appeal is contained in a statement signed by Mr Azeez Adeyemi, the National Public Relations Officer of the association in Abeokuta on Monday.
NANS noted that the appeal became necessary following the announcement of the Federal and state governments to commence the gradual process of easing of the lockdown.
It expressed concern of likely increase in the number of cases recorded daily in the country as a result of easing of the lockdown.
The association urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to bow to pressure from members of the public, who were trying to force the hands of the government in suspending the lockdown.
“The federal government must continue to be responsible, responsive and must continue to take decisive decision when the need arises,”it said.
It reiterated that the fight against COVID-19 pandemic remained a collective responsibility of all Nigerians, which should not be left in the hands of government alone.
The association urged everyone to adhere to directives of government aimed at curtailing the spread of coronavirus.
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An NGO, Ibikun-Titilayo Foundation, on Saturday, distributed foodstuffs and other items to 150 students of Akure origin, Ondo State, in different higher institutions in Nigeria to cushion the effects of the coronavirus lockdown.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the palliative package contained rice, noodles, garri (cassava flakes), groundnut oil, face masks and hand sanitisers.
NAN also reports that the foundation is owned by the Assistant General Secretary, Zone D of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Mr Ibikun Samuel.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after distributing the items, Samuel said that the palliatives were meant to cushion the effects of the lockdown, occasioned by the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that his foundation, in collaboration with Akure Students’ Union, had deemed it fit to give to students of Akure origin in its own little way.
According to him, the sources of livelihood of some of the students have been badly affected by the lockdown.
“My foundation and some members of Akure Students’ Union have been concerned about the students who have been badly affected by this lockdown.
“They are home and they keep complaining, because they don’t know when this (lockdown) will be over. Most of them don’t have anything to eat and they have been finding it difficult sourcing for means of survival.
“We then decided to support them and we are also supporting government in alleviating the suffering of our people owing to the effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is not a government-oriented programme but it is being financed by the COVID-19 committee members of Akure Students’ Union and myself.
“We spent about N250,000 to purchase all these items,” he stated.
Samuel, an indigene of Akure, urged the students to exercise more patience, as government was doing everything possible to contain the spread of the virus.
He also advised the government not to allow school to resume at this period, saying that this could be dangerous.
“If schools should be allowed to resume now, it may be dangerous. The virus must be contained to a reasonable extent before schools can be re-opened,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Wale Adedipe, the President of Akure Students’ Union, said that the palliatives would mitigate the hardship brought on the students by the lockdown.
Mr Seyi Ogundipe, the Chairman of COVID-19 palliative committee of the union, said it was a welcome development that some students could remember their colleagues in distress by reaching out to them.
One of the beneficiaries, Miss Omowumi Kareem, of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), appreciated the gesture, describing it as a show of love and for the betterment of humanity.
Another beneficiary, Mr Taiwo Adeleye, of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, said that the palliative would be a great relief for him, even as he prayed God to bless the initiators of the programme.
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Two student unions have commended Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun for providing palliatives to stranded students of tertiary institutions in the state.
The statement said that the gesture by the governor deserved to be appreciated.
It said that the distribution of palliatives such as rice, beans and noodles among others to stranded students across campuses in the state was worthy of emulation.
According to the statement, the items facilitated by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Students Matters, Azeez Adeyemi , were distributed to stranded students in no fewer than seven tertiary institutions.
“The institutions include Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta (MAPOLY), Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Tai Solarin College of Education, (TASCE), Omu-Ijebu and Ogun State College of Health Technology (OSCOHTECH), Ilese-Ijebu.
It, however, appealed to the governor to urgently pay bursary allowance to indigenes of the state to augment the palliatives being distributed.
“We want to commend our amiable governor for remembering the students even in this difficult time. We commend him for extending the COVID-19 palliatives to the student community.
“Abiodun is a loving, caring and wonderful father who is so passionate about issues that concern students in the state.
” We pray that the Almighty God will continue to bless him and his family.
“We also want to use this opportunity to appeal to the governor to urgently pay the bursary allowance of students who are indigenes of the state.
“We want the governor to break the chain of non-payment of bursary to students, ” the statement said.
The statement added that no student was paid bursary in the state for six consecutive years under the previous administration.
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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has commended the inauguration of Prof. Kabir Bala as the new Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
The association gave the commendation in a congratulatory letter issued by its National Executive, Travels and Exchange, Dominic Philip, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Thursday.
Philip expressed the students’ confidence that the university would witness a new era of infrastructural development and academic excellence during Bala’s tenure.
“On behalf of the over 80 million Nigerian students, both home and abroad, we wish to congratulate you on your inauguration as the Vice Chancellor of ABU, Zaria.
“You emerged victorious among many other competent contestants in the rigorous nomination process and subsequent election to the exalted position of the VC of the university.
“There is no better testament to your credence than the successes you recorded as Dean of Post-Graduate School and later, as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) of the prestigious ABU, Zaria.
“This is why the news of your nomination and subsequent election were received with widespread jubilations among the student community, especially that of ABU,” he said.
Philip said that Bala’s antecedence and his over 30 years experience in the academia had equipped him with the unrivaled leadership qualities needed to take the university to greater heights.
“We are aware of the supportive roles you played in setting up a COVID-19 testing centre in the university, which will serve many other states of the federation.
“This is why we are confident that under your leadership, new standards will be set and the university community will be mobilised to provide solutions to the societal problems, particularly infectious diseases such as COVID-19,” he said.
Philip said that the students’ body was open to consultations and willing to offer maximum cooperation in areas where its inputs might be needed to drive progress in the university.
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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has commended the Lagos State Government for providing relief packages and palliatives to students of tertiary institutions in Lagos State.
The South-West Coordinator of NANS, Mr Olawale Kappo, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos that the students body appreciated the government’s gesture in the difficult time like this.
Kappo said provision of the relief packages came at a time when it was highly needed by the students who had been observing the lockdown order in the state for almost a month.
He said some of the tertiary institutions that benefitted from the relief packages include: Lagos State University, Ojo; Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu; Federal College Of Fisheries and Marine Technology (Oceanography).
Others include: ST Augustine’s College of Education, Akoko, Lagos; Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka; Lagos State College of Health Technology and Michael Otedola College of Primary Education.
“Lagos State Government in its responsiveness and care for citizens made the relief packages available through the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, to all tertiary institutions in the state.
“The provision is a means to ensure that the lockdown order is being observed fully, and also to ease the hardship of youths during this period.
“We are aware of the great work being done by the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in battling COVID-19; we believe with the time and the proper actions being taken, Lagos State will be free of Coronavirus,” Kappo said.
He also commended Ogun and Ekiti Governments for providing relief packages to their students.
Kappo, however, called on other state governments to emulate those states that had magnanimous distributed palliatives to their students.
“We will ensure and continue to enlighten our members on the need to adhere to safety precautions in order to ensure the spread of COVID-19 is brought to the barest minimum and ultimately eradicated,” Kappo said.
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The Ogun Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed deep sadness over the demise of Alhaji Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Publicity Secretary of the Caretaker Committee of APC in Ogun, Tunde Oladunjoye, conveyed the party’s condolence message in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Saturday.
The party described Kyari’s death as ” a painful loss to the nation, especially during this time of the coronavirus pandemic for which Mr President is marshalling all hands and resources to curb.”
“With the death of the Borno-born lawyer, banker and astute administrator, President Buhari has, indeed, lost a true friend, confidant and a loyalist to the core who gave his very best and dutifully served the nation till death.
“On behalf of the leaders and entire members of our party in Ogun, we sympathise with our party leader, President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Our condolence goes not only to the members of the Federal Executive Council, but also to the family left behind by the deceased.
“We faithfully pray that Almighty God will grant him Aljanah Fridaus and grant the family, friends, and associates the fortitude to bear the loss,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has described Kyari’s death as a great loss to the entire country.
The National Public Relations Officer of the students body, Azeez Adeyemi, in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Saturday said the association received the news of Kyari’s death with shock.
He called on all Nigerians to join hands with government at all levels to fight the COVID-19, saying that ‘the virus has no respect for anyone’.
Adeyemi also condoled with the Kyari family and the Nigerian government, praying Allah to forgive the deceased his sins.
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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has dissociated itself from Ogun chapter of the association’s statement, condemning closure of schools to contain spread of the Corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Mr Azeez Adeyemi, National Public Relations Officer, NANS, disclosed this in a statement on Friday, in Abuja.
Adeyemi said that the Ogun Chairman of NANS, Tomiwa Bamgbose, was quoted by one of the national dailies on March 25, as saying the `decision was not the right step to take’.
“The Ogun NANS chairman was also quoted to have said he was not in support of government’s action because the deadly Corona virus was not widespread in Nigeria compared to countries like Italy and Spain.
“He is not speaking on behalf of the entire students community in the state and the country at large, but has only expressed his personal opinion.
“The author of the statement has only expressed his own personal opinion as a citizen, which he has the right to do.
“However, we want to emphatically say that his position is not the general view of the students community in the state, neither is it the general opinion of the national body of NANS in the country.
The NANS spokesperson said Bamgbose could not speak for the entire Nigerian students because he was just a state chairman out of many other chairmen and national leaders.
“He is in no position to speak on behalf of the entire students’ population in the country.
“Corona virus affects the entire world; and it is a matter that should not be toyed with.
“It is our believe that all hands must be on deck to fight this deadly disease called Corona virus.
“Therefore, we urge all students in the country, both at federal and state levels, to disregard this reckless statement as it does not represent the general opinion of students in Nigeria,” Adeyemi said.
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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged Nigerians to support Federal and State Governments in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
Azeez Adeyemi, the National Public Relations Officer of the association, made the call in a statement on Friday in Abeokuta.
Adeyemi said that the fight against the spread of the virus should not be left in the hands of governments alone, adding that it was important for the citizens to give maximum support to government efforts.
The NANS spokesman said that everybody should adhere strictly to all the measures put in place by the federal and state governments, noting that it was the only way to prevent or minimise the spread of the disease.
Adeyemi urged the citizens to comply with the rules and regulations laid down by the government and also maintain personal hygiene.
He commended the government’s decision on the closure of schools across the country to curtail the spread of the virus, saying that the decision was in the best interest of the students.
“We urge all the students in the country to obey the Federal and the Ogun State and other State Governments order on the closure of schools and stay at home until it is safe to reopen schools again.
“Coronavirus crisis is a global pandemic and not only Ogun or Nigeria alone, it should not be toyed with.
”It is our believe that all hands must be on deck to fight this deadly Coronavirus,” he said.
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