The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has shifted the date for submission of petition against the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Dr. Olusegun Aluko to the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Commission (ICPC).
The date which has been shifted from July 7 to July 13 was announced by the National Secretary of NANS, Mr Umar Yussuf in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday.
Yussuf said that the decision was imperative to allow the students’ umbrella body collate more revealling facts on the gross mismanagements of the rector and as well mobiles en masse to the headquarters of the anti-graft agencies in Abuja.
While regretting the inconveniences the shift in date may have caused everyone, especially students who are the major stakeholders, the National Secretary called on students across the country to remain committed to the cause.
According to him, Nigerian students will not be intimated nor be silenced in the face of persecution and victimisation by managements of tertiary institutions in the country.
He vowed that NANS, as the apex students’ body in Nigeria would pursue the case of the Rector to a logical conclusion, insisting that, “NANS will not condole any form of corruption or financial misappropriation.
“As students leaders, we will continue to resist any attempt or calculated attempts to destabilise students unionism in Nigeria as we will continue to defend the interests of our students at all times in all fronts.
“Nigerian students are now alive and awake to their rights and responsibilities, we will not allow or watch any school or any management devalue the integrity of any of our students.
“We must remain strong, resolute and committed to fighting corruption and financial misappropriation being perpetrated by some managements of our tertiary institutions.”
Yussuf said it had become imperative for NANS to take a drastic steps to call the attention of the Federal government to probe activities of the Rector, especially as it relates to award of contracts for projects in the Polytechnic.
When Mr Shola Abiala, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the school was conducted, he denied the allegations.
Abiala said a student of the school was arrested by the Ogun State police on ground of involving himself in cult activities and was charged to court and was suspended from the school.
He added that the state government and Director of Department of State Security, Ogun state held a meeting with the rector during the week and decided that the studentship of the boy be reinstated pending the outcome of the case in court.
“The student was arrested outside the campus allegedly involved in cult activities and was taken to school for identification.
“The police took him to court and that is outside our purview to seek his release.
” To me there is nothing like financial misappropriation as regards what the student body was alleging. They are only trying to cook up a story which I know will not see the light of the day,” Abiala said.