The National Association of Nigerian Students Joint Campus Committee (NANS JCC), Cross River state chapter, has elected and inaugurated new leadership to pilot the affairs of students in the four tertiary institutions in the State.
The inauguration which took place on Wednesday at the University of Calabar had students drawn from the University of Calabar, (UniCal), the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), the College of Education (COE Akamkpa) and the Federal University of Education (FCE) Obudu.
Comrade Mbang Confidence of UniCal was inaugurated Chairman while other members of the New Executive Committee included Ogam Kenneth, Vice Chairman (FCE Obudu); Achang Stephen, Secretary (CRUTECH) and Ubi Goodluck, PRO (COE Akamkpa) amongst many others.
In his acceptance speech, shortly after his swearing-in, the new NANS JCC Chairman said he was out to reposition the student body by organizing student-oriented programmes.
He accused the State government of neglecting indigent students, saying, “We are not oblivious of the total neglect of the affairs and welfare of Nigerian students by the state government and schools administration. I call on the government to take cognizance 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 by partnering security agencies and all critical stakeholders to ensure that the menace of cultism was not allowed to terminate destinies of young Nigerian students.
“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. We 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 in the University of Calabar.
“We are appealing to the Commissioner of Police to consider instituting Police patrol inside our campuses. With our avowed commitment and 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 therefore appealed to the body 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.
In his remarks, a representative of NANS Zone B and Special Adviser to UniCal VC on student matters, Comrade Bassey Eka, advised the new student leaders to render service, humble themselves and ensure that they do not delve into vices, describing cultism as ‘damaging.’
Chairman of the occasion, Comrade Elemi Alaga, urged all students in the state to key behind the new leaders by giving them all necessary support and cooperation. He also advised that since leadership comes with responsibility, the new exco should render selfless service.
President of Student Union Government (SUG) UniCal, Comrade Raymond Derek, Chairman of the Joint Christian Campus Fellowship (JCCF) Comrade Emmanuel Emori amongst other student leaders also graced the occasion while the Chief Judge of UniCal ‘Malabo Republic,’ Mr Asuquo Etim, performed the swearing-in proper.