From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), has commended security agents in the country for the reduction in kidnappings all over the country. The Association stated this in a communiqué issued after it convention in Kaduna.
NAPS however expressed dismay over the activities of Fulani herdsmen which have led to the killings, rape and destructions of farm plantations.
The communiqué signed by the Convention Chairman, Ezekiel Nwankwo of Imo Polytechnic and Secretary and Convention Clerk; Ogbonaya Sunday of Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara, expressed appreciation to God and the medical team for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari.
NAPS called on the government to immediately commence the rehabilitation of the Benin to Auchi, Ore to Sagamu expressway which have claimed the lives of people too numerous to be mentioned.
“The road which serves as major economic linkage between the South-South, Southeast, southwest and Northern Nigeria have become a nightmare to travelers who use the road.
“The leadership of National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) resolved that a reasonable commencement of action should commence before the end of September to avoid demonstration by students since they are worst affected of the dilapidated Benin-Auchi expressway.
“Government both at the Federal and State levels must as priority adhere to the 26 per cent budgetary allocation to education as recommended by UNESCO for developing countries, and the Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Colleges must be properly funded so as to have what it takes to achieve the mandate upon which they were established.
“The newly elected leadership have been mandated to begin a process of interaction with the Registrar of JAMB and report back to the senate for further action on the current controversial UTME cut off marks as released by JAMB.
“That the current trend of Acting Rectors overseeing over polytechnics have become alarming and counter-productive to the progress of polytechnic sector considering the limitations of anyone in Acting capacity consequently.
“We called on the Federal Government through the Ministry of Education to either appoint substantiate Rectors who are qualified to be substantiated or appointed new substantive rectors so as to ensure speedy progress in affected institution.
“All politically expelled and rusticated students leaders should be reinstated with immediate effect consequently the senate mandate the elected executive to carry out a survey of those unjustly expelled and report to the secretariat for proper action.
“That the ASUP strike that has rocked Kaduna Polytechnic and other institutions should be resolved with a fortnight so as to ensure that students in terminal class can graduate and those ready for Youth Service should be mobilized on record time.
“That the leadership of NAPS reje ct the dissolution and truncation of legitimately elected Student Union Government all over the country, we demand that conduction of elections to usher in democratically elected unions and specially call on management of Federal Polytechnic, Offa to begin with immediate effect the process of electing new union officers.”
The convention also elected new officials to run the affairs of the union amongst which are; Comrade Mohammed Eneji, President, (Kogi State Polytechnic); Edobo Samuel, Vice President, National (Auchi Polytechnic) and Musa Yabagi Babanini, Secretary-General, National (Kogi State Polytechnic) respectively.