By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
The newly inaugurated Chairman of NANS JCC in the state, Comrade Mbang Confidence, made the remarks in his acceptance speech shortly after his swearing-in at the University of Calabar.
His words: “We are not oblivious of the total neglect of the affairs and welfare of Nigerian students by the state government and school administrations. I call on the government to take cognisance of the fact that we are the future leaders.
“As former United States of America, Mr Barrack Obama, would say, we are the change the world is waiting for, but each time I look at the present condition of Cross River state students, I ask: where is the lost glory.”
Mbang restated the resolve of his administration to join in the fight against cultism in Nigerian universities by partnering security agencies and all critical stakeholders.
He noted that his administration, besides every other vision, would ensure that cultism was not allowed to terminate the destinies of young Nigerian students, adding, “NANS is worried about security challenges in our tertiary institutions. Our vision, as we begin this journey, is to seek the collaboration of all security agencies. We’ll ensure that security in our campuses is upgraded. It is true that if you go to some of our institutions, you’ll discover loopholes in terms of their security architecture.
“We will work with security agencies to tackle cultism in the four institutions of higher learning within my jurisdiction, that is, the University of Calabar, the Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH, the College of Education, Akamkpa and the Federal University of Education, FCE Obudu. In collaboration with security agencies, NANS JCC will also embark on sensitization campaign in our campuses on effects of cultism.
“Issue of insecurity has been paramount to the vice chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Zana Akpagu, who has already commenced the project of building a navy forward operation base by the Calabar River bordering the University of Calabar. We are appealing to the commissioner of police to consider instituting police patrol in our institution. With their partnership, cultism and other security challenges will be dramatically curtailed,” the new student leader submitted.
Comrade Confidence also lamented what he saw as incessant strike action by Academic Staff of Union of Universities, ASUU, and appealed to ASUU to always explore other avenues of sorting out its differences with government other than embarking on strikes, saying it was students’ future that was being towed with.
Student leaders of the four tertiary institutions in Cross River state attended the inauguration. Other members of NANS JCC executive committee included Ogam Kenneth, vice chairman (FCE Obudu); Achang Stephen, secretary (CRUTECH) and Ubi Goodluck, PRO (COE Akamkpa.)