Controversy erupts over aspirants’ eligibility

Disaster erupted on Saturday on the conference of the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students (NANS) over the eligibility of among the candidates aspiring for one workplace or the opposite.

NANS is holding its annual conference and the election of a brand new management to succeed the Sunday Asefon-led government council of the union between Thursday 25 August and Sunday 29.

Nevertheless, there are allegations that the Conference Planning Committee (CPC) has manipulated the checklist of cleared candidates submitted by the screening sub committee of the CPC.

Some members of NANS, together with a member of the screening committee, informed PREMIUM TIMES, that some aspirants are both graduates or recent college students of varied universities, and are certified to contest within the elections, based on the amended structure of the affiliation.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the structure, which was amended in February, six months earlier than the election– has rendered some candidates ineligible.

“Any full-time pupil of an Establishment of upper studying in Nigeria who isn’t within the first 12 months of admission can be eligible to carry an government place in NANS,” states, Article 15 subsection 2 of the amended Structure.

If the newest constitutional pointers have been adopted, solely 4 of the 14 aspirants are certified to contest for the place of the President, stated Chairman of the screening committee, Lukman Adeyemi, in a phone interview.

The place of the president is zoned to the North–west or Zone A, based on the coed chief.

He stated the candidates have been screened between 20 and 22 July on the convention room of the Workplace of the Senior Particular Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Youth and College students’ Issues, Nasir Adhama, on the Federal Secretariat Abuja.

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Mr Adeyemi stated the screening committee took word of the scenario and introduced two experiences to the CPC. Certainly one of them following the extant guidelines as contained within the Structure and the opposite report granting waivers.

The second ‘moderated’ checklist, which took into consideration elements that disenfranchised among the aspirants such because the ASUU strike and granted them waivers, solely disqualified two candidates as sighted by our reporter.

The committee wrote within the ‘moderated’ report sighted by PREMIUM TIMES that: “(This) report is ready with full compliance to the extent of the NANS structure as amended in Sokoto 2022 with particular consideration of circumstances at hand equivalent to ASUU strike and timing of New Structure Passage/Adoption being throughout ASUU Strike and few months to transition/conference.

“We, subsequently, in our knowledge as a committee adopted waiver of First Semester End result and Nature of Programme Full Time/Half Time necessities of the eligibility for presidency positions.”


In response to the report steered to be used by the screening committee, the 2 disqualified candidates are Adamu Abbas from Ahmadu Bello College (ABU), Zaria, for not being a pupil but, and Sulaiman Sodiq, Federal Faculty of Schooling FCE, Kano, for being a graduate.

Nevertheless, Adamu Abbas would later be cleared by the CPC with out the consent of the screening committee, stated Mr Adeyemi.

He stated: “In response to the safety report we bought from the varsity, he (Adamu Abbas) remains to be an applicant but to be admitted (into the college). However he now went to enchantment that he has been admitted and has paid college charges. So that they (CPC) later cleared him. However I do know it’s all about manipulation as a result of the safety unit of the varsity can’t give me a report that’s contradictory. And ABU is on strike. I ponder how he bought his college charges paid and bought his admission authorized.”

The Chairperson for the CPC, Agbabiaka Ahmed, didn’t reply to calls and textual content messages despatched to him for response.

Qosim Suleiman is a reporter at Premium Occasions in partnership with Report for the World, which matches native newsrooms with proficient rising journalists to report on under-covered points across the globe

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