By Victor Akinkuolie Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has appealed to Nigerian students not to lose faith in the Nigerian project.
The governor noted that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari would continue to prioritise education and initiate policies that would add values to the youth and students’ lives.
The Ekiti State Governor spoke in Ado Ekiti, at the weekend during a reception organised by the Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University (EKSU), Prof. Eddy Olanipekun, for the President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Sunday Asefon .
Fayemi, represented by his Senior Special Assistant, Students’ Affairs, Com Olalekan Soyombo, commended the NANS’ leader over the prompt fulfilment of his promises targeted at alleviating the sufferings of the students.
“This project called Nigeria must not fail and students have a lot of roles to play. Students are potential future leaders. As you are being trained here, you are gradually being prepared for leadership.
“It is important that you have to be morally upright with your academic competence, this is what makes a complete leadership. Stay away from all vices like cultism, ICT fraud, drug abuse and those things that can mar your future”, Fayemi appealed.
Fayemi added: “You(Asefon) got massive support from all quarters while vying for NANS presidency. With this, you must ensure that you don’t betray the confidence reposed in you by EKSU, where you are an alumnus, the Ekiti State, where you are a citizen and among students, your main constituency”.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor , Ekiti State University (EKSU), Prof. Eddy Olanipekun, assured that the university will continually initiate student-friendly programmes to boost the standard of education and ensure stability on campus.
In his response, Asefon regretted the gross deficiency in the country’s education , which he said must be discussed by stakeholders at a proposed education summit to be convened by NANS.
Asefon bemoaned that he came at a time when crime has become a lucrative business in Nigeria, saying NANS would convene a security summit soon to fashion out ways of the conundrum, describing insecurity as a threat to education .
On his plans for students, Asefon said: “We will support managements of schools that support Nigerian students, so that there would be stability and high standard of education.
“I am also going to Work with TETfund and other beneficial federal agencies to facilitate projects to my school, EKSU, this is my primary constituency.