From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
Ogun state chapter of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has endorsed the re-election bid of the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.
Similarly, the National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS), National Association of University Students (NAUS), Progressive Students Movement (PSM) and other recognized students bodies in the state have also endorsed the same agenda.
A statement jointly signed by Comrade Damilola Kehinde Simeon, Chairman, NANS Ogun; Comrade Ogunrombi Oluwagbemileke, NAOSS National President; Comrade Elvis Segun, NANS National Deputy Senate President; and all the Student Union Governments in the State, indicated that the decision was taken at the emergency Senate meeting of the organised leadership of student bodies in the State.
The students said their decision was to enable the governor continue with the good work he was doing in the state, especially the transformation going on in the education sector in the state.
The students said that based on the track record of achievements of the Governor, there was need for people of the state to facilitate his return for the sake of peace, progress and development.
The statement added that the Senate of NANS unanimously concluded that the aspiration of the governor is seen in his plans and programmes in the last four years, hence they urged Ogun people to ensure the stability and development of the state particularly its education system which is of paramount importance to the students.
“This is our reasonable appeal to our parents, guardians and every lovers of Ogun State. Having resolved through engagement of the Students’ Union leadership of tertiary institutions in the state, it is in our wish and hope that we all shall share these aspirations and effectively pursue it by supporting the governor,” the students said.
They also noted that health sector and infrastructure have witnessed tremendous improvement under Abiodun, adding that the Governor was recently awarded with industrious merit award by Forbes and several Nigerian media organisations.
The students further stated: “As a constituency, we have engaged the polity in the last four years pushing for policies and interventions that can reshape and bring back the education sector of the state to its former place in the country.
“The Senate observed that it is of public knowledge that prior to 2019 and assumption to office of the governor, two tertiary institutions, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and Tai Solarin College of Education were completely shutdown or next to shutdown, respectively.
“No thanks to the primordial sentiments and lack of thorough planning of the previous administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun who turned our institutions to cards to play political games.
“These two institutions have returned to their functional state. They are better placed with more elaborated courses. Tai Solarin University of Education offers not only educational programmes but also pure Arts, Science and Social Science courses. The capacity of the institution has been advanced such that its goals has been expanded beyond its foundational motive of producing just teachers.”