40 years after, NANS finally reviews, adopts Constitution
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), has finally reviewed and adopted its Constitution, 40-years after its formation.
The exercise took place at the University of Port Hart Court (Uniport), in Rivers State, during its 66th Senate meeting.
Comrade Chuks Okafor, NANS Senate President, who disclosed this in a statement to newsmen in Awka, said a review of the constitution had become necessary in the face of growing insecurity and threats exposing the fragility of the Nigerian states, as well as to give financial autonomy to members.
Okafor said that the constitution was unanimiously adopted at its national convention by all members, and meet up with the realities of the present times.
According to him, we must acknowledge that the situation in Nigeria demands a quick review of the constitution to help protect Nigeria Students. “NANS reviewed and adopted its constitution; delineating it according to geo-political zones. It is a giant stride to move the Association forward, he said.
He noted that the Port Harcourt 2021 declaration under his leadership had come to stay. He said items in the adopted constitution included, the financial independence of the students both home and abroad, to promote and encourage the socio-cultural and intellectual interests of members, to act as the representative of members at any given circumstances, to maintain good relationship with the Nigerian Universities and to be the recognized liaison between members and the university authorities in the country, to promote and protect the educational interests and welfare of students, and to protect the fundamental rights and privileges of members. He said that Justice, Peace and Academic Excellence was agreed to be NANS Motto.
Orient Daily reports that NANS was birthed in 1980 as a successor to the National Union of Nigerian Students (NUNS) which was proscribed during military dispensation of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo.
The students association is the highest decision making body for students studying in institution of higher learning from university cadre with over twenty (30) million members both in Nigeria and Diaspora, fully committed to the mainstreaming of students and young leaders in governance at all levels with core interest of protecting the dignity and integrity of the students and uniting the students for academic excellence.