According to a report by Vanguard on Saturday, December 2, the National Association of Nigerian Students’ (NANS) national convention ended in Abuja on Saturday morning with three factional presidents. The convention was marred by a shooting on Friday....CONTINUE READING
The election of the association’s national executive on Saturday morning marked the culmination of the convention, which began on Monday.
Three candidates have declared themselves president: Lucky Emonefe, a student at Delta State’s College of Education in Warri; Rioborue Deniran of the Department of Mass Communication at Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara, and Pedro Obi, a Ph.D. candidate at Delta State University in the field of guidance and counseling studies.
Emonefe and Deniran both held separate press conferences in Abuja after the election, claiming that their victory had brought a new lease of life for NANS.
Emonefe urged President Bola Tinubu to approve a N200,000 annual national bursary for all Nigerian students, regardless of their tribe or creed.
He said the bursary would help to cushion the effects of the harsh economic conditions caused by the Tinubu administration’s recent monetary policies.
Deniran said he was grateful to the outgoing executive, the Speaker, and the Senate arm for their service and sacrifices to Nigerian students.
He also thanked the convention chairman and other committees, as well as the distinguished senators of NANS—the SUG presidents—and other stakeholders for their contributions and support of the 2023 National Convention’s success.
Deniran said he was aware of the great responsibility that had been placed on him and that he would not disappoint Nigerian students.
He said he would deliver good governance and keep his promises.
NANS Senate President Akinteye Babatunde Afeez said the election was free and fair despite the fact that some people had tried to disrupt it.
He denied that anyone was injured in the shooting that took place on Friday, saying that it was intended to scare away those who had intended to disrupt the event.