NANS threatens to shut down Unizik over union leader’s sack •Demands probe of SUG account

Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 21 November 2016 | 3,484 times

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone ‘B’ has threatened to shut down the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka following the removal of the Student Union Government (SUG) President, Mr. Noble Eyisi.

In a statement made available to journalists in Awka, jointly signed by the Coordinator of NANS Zone ‘B’, Mr. Pedro Obi, Mr. Amaechina Ikedi, the chairman of the union, they said that they are also kicking against the unlawful expulsion by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku.

He alleged that Obi and Eyisi were expelled for demanding the account of the SUG dues from the Vice Chancellor, who appointed his aide to oversee the affairs of the union.

The statement further read, “NANS frowns at the nonchalant attitude of the university towards students’ representation in the campus, where for over two academic sessions the university has been without a democratically elected SUG Government.

“This is for sure being coordinated to allow an aide of the vice chancellor, who doubles as a lecturer to function as SUG President.

"Within this period, the VC has been diverting the SUG dues,”

The coordinator further described the alleged 200 per cent increase in school fees of students by the institution as well as un-receipted bank charges as “extortion, fraudulent and illegal.”

While calling for the reinstatement of the SUG President and other politically victimized students, Obi said that the union was mobilising students to the university against the management.

He called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the SUG’s accounts of the institute on.

Reacting to the threat, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, said that the former SUG President was rather impeached by members of the SUG parliament.

He said, “Even after his impeachment, he went to court to challenge it but also lost. The allegation of embezzlement of SUG dues is infantile and stupid.

“How can they say that the Vice Chancellor embezzled money; does the VC touch money of the university let alone that of the SUG?

“SUG dues are handled by the student union, the only thing we do is to supervise so that they don’t mismanage the funds.”

Source: News Express

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