- The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has warned the minister of youths and sport development, Solomon Dalung, to stay away from its politics
- NANS affirmatively asked the minister to keep off from the forthcoming election of the fourth session of the Nigerian youth parliament
- The student body vowed that it will do its utmost to resist any hindrance put up by Dalung or an officer in the ministry
The minister of youths and sport development, Solomon Dalung, has been asked by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to stay away from the forthcoming election of the fourth session of Nigerian youth parliament.
Concerning the issue, Comrade Azeez Adeyemi, NANS' public relation officer, decried the minister’s constant negative interference on youth matters using the case of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) as example, Leadership reports.
The students' body vowed that it will resist any hindrance put up by the minister or an officer in the ministry.
Adeyemi said: “The leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students wishes to use this medium to call on the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sport Development and the Minister, Bar. Solomon Dalung, not to interfere in the selection of the leadership of the Fourth Session of the Nigerian Youth Parliament.
“As the intellectual component of the youth demography, we will resist any attempt by the Minister or any official of the Ministry to influence the selection process of the leadership of this NYP Forth session bill to be inaugurated next week.
"We frown at the level of ineptitude Bar. Solomon Dalung has been handling the administration of young people in this country.
"We are not unaware that the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), the only nationally recognized youth structure by Federal Government of Nigeria has been in disarray for over a decade now and the Minister having spend three years in office cannot even resolve this crisis amicably.
“We equally wish to use this opportunity to congratulates all nominated members of the fourth session of the Nigerian Youth Parliament and urge them to bring their best to the fore in representing young people from their constituencies.”
NANS also warned Dalung to refrain from attempts to impose any candidate on the youth parliament.
It said: “Suffice that we glean from the recollections of the lyrics of legendary Michael Jackson who admonishes us to “Heal the World” and draws the juiciest milk from the breast of universal humanity.
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"Bar. Solomon Dalung, the Permanent Secretary and all concerned senior officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth & Sport are advised not to try to impose any leadership on the Fourth Session of Nigerian Youth Parliament.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari held a crucial meeting with national and zonal leadership of NANS.
Attendees at the meeting scheduled for 11.30am include a delegation of the students’ body seated at the council chamber in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Deliberations in the all-important meeting was on the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
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