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The Illegality Of Nans And Why They Do Not Speak For Nigerian Students - Chieyine Nelson

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
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NANS as we all know means National
Association of Nigerian Students and according
to Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, A
student is a person who is studying at a
university or other place of higher education.

As such, we expect NANS leadership to come
from students currently studying but what we
have are people who delay going for the
compulsory National Youth Service to as much
as 5years in order to occupy NANS leadership
position and as such preventing current
students from occupying such positions
"According to NANS charter of demand, for
undergraduates, you are a student until you go
for your NYSC" but according to general
meaning of students, their definition is as
faulty as can be imagined.

I was shocked when I heard NANS writing to
the Federal Government to be part of the
negotiation between The FG and ASUU and I
had to scrutinize the leadership of NANS.
It was shocking that all Major Exco in NANS
are not students but one is tempted to ask:

1. Why are all the excos of NANS not students
still in school?

2. Since this people are not students, who gave
non students the authority to speak for

3. Can a labourer negotiate wages for a
banker? Why are they negotiating with the

4. I haven't read anywhere of NANS leadership
meeting with ASUU to chart a way forward
concerning the strike but they are more
interested in meeting the FG. Is the purported
meeting for students or for themselves.

5. They claim to fight for students but the last
time I heard about NANS standing on their feet
and making their demands known was during
the military regime. But this current crop,
adorn their cars with NANS plate number.

One is left perplexed trying to decipher the
source of livelihood of graduated students who
have neither gone for NYSC nor are working.

I am a member of University of Nigeria
Medical Students Association(UNMSA) and we
have our National body called Nigeria Medical
Students Association(NiMSA) and the members
of these associations are strictly students who
are still in school and does not include those
who are looking for placement for their
housemanship, you cannot go for NYSC
without doing your housemanship.

Then why is that of NANS different?

I plead with President Buhari that this current
crop of NANS do not represent The Nigerian
Students and as such shouldn't be negotiated
with or called to the Negotiation table.

And if our cars should get spoilt and we take it
to the mechanic workshop, we do not
negotiate with the apprentice without the
Express approval of the main mechanic.

The FG should go back to the meeting table
with ASUU and iron out their differences.

Chieyine Nelson
500 level Med/Surg
University of Nigeria

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