By Ogba Chidozie Ogbonnaya
…says it will not take side to renegade students
National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has commended the management of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), for reopening the institution after it was closed for about two months when students protested and destroyed property worth several millions of Naira.
It would be recalled that the students of FUTO protested over the introduction of ICT fee and shuttle fee which some misconstrue to be increment in tuition fee that led to the expulsion of some of the students.
NANS Zone B Deputy Coordinator, Comrade Chuks Okafor in a statement he signed after the Senate of the institution announced the reopening of the school appealed to students to remain calm as progress can only be achieved in atmosphere of peace.
Okafor who assured the students that its umbrella body will toe the part of dialogue to ensure that students who were unjustly expelled are restated however, said NANS will not shield any student found culpable as it does not provide cover for criminality.
“NANS can never support tyranny in her institutions by any student no matter how highly connected the student may be”, the statement noted.
It further condemn strongly the destruction of university properties worth millions of Naira by the protesting students and warned that violence has never been effective tool for conflict resolution.
In his words “You don’t gain anything when you go above the law in your actions because no Jupiter can save you from justice including NANS”.
it’s pitiable that the ring leaders of this protest has never shown remorse for destroying the property of the institution”.
He explained that it was totally unacceptable and not in the nature of NANS as an association to support terrorism of any sort.
“We therefore, call on all students to comply with the management directives as we continue to appeal for the reinstatement of all those expelled adding that what has happened shall be a lesson to anyone who may contemplate insighting students without having the necessary capacity to control their action.
NANS Deputy-coordinator also condemn strongly the negative action of some students who resort to peddling falsehood to resist from such acts when faced with family, social and academic challenges adding that it was a rumour that one patriot Sidney Prince, a student of the FUTO attempted to commit suicide.
“I therefore seize this opportunity to appeal to the parents to guide their children and advise them to shun violence and cultism on campus”, the statement noted.