The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for immediate investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the fire outbreak in critical offices at the Headquarters of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
Mr Danielson Akpan, National President of the association said this while briefing newsmen on Friday in Abuja.
It would be recalled that the second floor of the AGF’s office building, also known as the treasury house was gutted by fire on April 8.
Akpan noted that the actual cause of the fire must be investigated as it would ensure that critical documents and data on government revenue and expenditure as regards the coronavirus pandemic were retrieved.
“We are giving a 72 hour ultimatum to the government to investigate what led to the fire outbreak at the treasury house, so that all Nigerians will know what exactly happened to the documents, related or not related to Covid-19, in the affected offices.
“We also want transparency International to wade into this situation as Nigerians demand transparency and accountability in the disbursement of these funds and all the palliatives given by private individuals.
“We cannot allow some people to continue destroy our national assets in the name of covering up their bad deeds,” he said.
The president also called for the inclusion of Nigerian students as members of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.
Akpan also called on the government to ensure that students are given opportunities to work as adhoc staff in the fight against the pandemic.
He noted that exploring their potentials would provide an opportunity for them to learn and give back to the nation.
“Just within this period of lockdown, students have been able to invent ventilators in ABU Zaria and other institutions.
“Nigerian government should leverage on this innovative and support the student by providing funds for them to produce more of these machines,” he said.
Akpan, while appreciating the support of private individuals for their palliative contributions to Nigerians, however, called on them to distribute the packages to Nigerians themselves.