Daily Trust (Abuja)

8 January 2013

Nigeria: NANS to Relocate Secretariat to Campuses

The newly elected executive council of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) yesterday said the association's secretariat will be relocated from Abuja back to campuses.

NANS President Comrade Prince Miaphen at a press conference in Jos said NANS leadership in the last decade had "snowballed into an Abuja affair", lobbying and doing the bidding of politicians in the Federal Capital, while relegating the association's main objectives of benefiting students and management of its respective institutions.

Miaphen added that "NANS secretariat is suppose to be where the president emerges from not permanently in Abuja. The past presidents of NANS have been in the habit of doing the bidding of the political elite. This is unacceptable as NANS has lost real touch with its grassroots. In the next one week, we will commission NANS secretariat in Ekiti because as the president I am from Ekiti State University and I will operate from there."

According to him, the detachment of NANS from the campuses has led to the increase in campus cultism and other social vices.

Miaphen also urged the upgrade of tertiary institutions in the country to meet contemporary standards that will facilitate research and exchange of knowledge.

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