BY HENRY TYOHEMBA, Abuja
The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has said it will mobilise its members nationwide in a “mother of all protest”, if the federal government goes ahead with the school feeding programme at a time when the schools are shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
National President of NANS, Comrade Danielson Akpan, who spoke with newsmen in Abuja, insisted that the programme was a misplaced priority at this time of the nation and a discreet attempt to fleece the country of the hard earned resources.
He reaffirmed the earlier position of NANS in a statement credited to the National Public Relations Officer of the Association, Comrade Azeez Adeyemi, saying the statement emanated from the national body of NANS and it is the true and collective position of the students’ umbrella body.
Akpan, who made the clarification while reacting to some insinuations that Adeyemi, a special assistant to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, was criticising the President Mohammadu Buhari’s led administration, insisted that Adeyemi expressed the position of NANS, the umbrella body of the entire Nigerian students.
He queried the source of the proposed N697m to be spent daily, amounting to N13.5 billion a month on the programme, stressing that the decision was not only a reckless spending, but also a misplaced priority.
He said: “It is important to state that Comrade Adeyemi spoke in his capacity as the National Public Relations Officer of NANS and not as the special assistant to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Students’ Matters.