By Martin Opara
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone B, comprising the South East and South-South, has passed a vote of no confidence on the immediate past Chief of Staff, Imo State government house who is also governor Okorocha’s son-in-law and preferred governorship aspirant of All Progressives Congress in the state, Mr. Uche Nwosu for neglecting the student body and failing to fulfil the promise of a brand new operational vehicle and cash to run the secretariat.
The students, in a release signed by Comrade Onwe Chukwunonso Joshua, described Mr. Uche Nwosu as an unreliable, ungrateful and inconsistent person, who lacks credibility and should not be entrusted with power or be elected into any position of trust and responsibility.
According to the release, “though Uche Nwosu was an active student activist who worked assiduously for the welfare of students, but unfortunately, he suddenly forgot the platform on which he climbed to his present height. When he got opportunity to retrace his steps and correct his mistakes at NANS Zone B inauguration/summit held at the Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Owerri, the students who were pleased with speculations that one of their own may succeed the governor in 2019, hailed and showed him solidarity, inspite of his perceived detachment and ingratitude. He still messed up the opportunity by reneging on all the pledges he publicly made in the presence of over 5,000 Nigerian students till date”.
The release further stated, “though NANS is not a partisan platform but students have a role to play in the political process because it’s outcome affects them directly and indirectly because the pensioners, civil servants who are owed accumulated arrears and those whose homes, shops, offices and markets were demolished as part of the urban renewal programme are their relations, friends and associates. “Therefore governance affects us and we have to make inputs as regards who will lead or govern us”.
They denounced Hon. J.T. Samuel and his cohorts parading themselves as youth and student leaders, stressing that students know their real and genuine leaders. They called on the leadership of Zone B of NANS and the entire Nigerian students in Imo State to remain calm, resilient and prepared to throw their weight behind any candidate that indicates his willingness to identify with the students and be sensitive to their welfare, address their challenges, salvage the educational system and accord NANS it’s due respect as the authentic apex umbrella body of Nigerian students at home and in the diaspora. They also urged students and youths to protect their PVCs because it is their power to choose credible, honest and transparent leaders with sound track records.