The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has warned its officials to shun any act of insubordination and indiscipline that will affect the defence of students’ rights across the country.
Mr Azeez Adeyemi, the National Public Relations Officer of the association gave the warning in Abeokuta on Sunday.
Adeyemi urged all officials of NANS to adhere strictly to their functions and carry out responsibilities assigned to their portfolios in accordance with the association’s constitution.
He said that his attention was drawn to recent acts of insubordination being perpetrated by some officials of NANS, who disregarded the various interventions embarked upon by the association’s President, Mr Danielson Akpan.
“Precisely on Jan. 17, a statement was purportedly issued by the Senate President of NANS in defence of the decision of the Akwa-Ibom Government that defaulted in paying bursaries or granting scholarships to indigenous students.
“He is not the chief representative, chief executive or official spokesman of NANS and could not have been in any position both on constitutional and moral grounds to issue such a statement.
“The office of the public relations officer remains the mouthpiece and image maker of the association.
“We warn that further involvement of any NANS official against the legitimate agitation of Akwa-Ibom students will be deemed as anti–student,’’ Adeyemi said in a statement.
He said that the national leadership of NANS would no longer tolerate any act of indiscipline or insubordination by any official of the body.
According to him, it is the right of the students to cry out when neglected and seek redress whenever or wherever injustice is meted on them.
“Akwa-Ibom students are fighting a just cause and the NANS leadership will defend their rights and join in the struggle,’’ Adeyemi said.
He urged the Akwa-Ibom Government to emulate other states who, in spite of the certain challenges, were able to gather funds to offset bursary payment and grant scholarships to their indigenes.
The NANS spokesperson explained that the association would resist any attempt to create division or weaken the voice and strength of Nigerian students.