President of the Senate of the Nigerian Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), Dio Oghale Emeka Rex, has given a seven-day ultimatum for Governor Obaseki of Edo state to return the certificate of credence given to him by students who paraded themselves as leaders of NAPS and endorsed the governor for a second term in Benin City, the Edo state capital.
In a press briefing by the NAPS senate president in Asaba, Delta state, the polytechnic students’ body dissociated itself from the purported endorsement of the governor, saying the exercise was never ratified by the NAPS senate, hence it was carried out by some disgruntled elements parading themselves as leaders of NAPS.
Consequently, the National Secretariat of NAPS has given the given the governor seven days to return the certificate of credence given to him or expect a mammoth crowd of polytechnic student who will relocate the senate secretariat to the Edo state government house to retrieve the certificate disgracefully.
“The leadership of NAPS wishes to distance itself from the purported endorsement of Governor Godwin Obaseki for second term and presentation of certificate of credence to the governor by selfish individuals under the guise of NAPS.
“It is pertinent to establish the fact that the purported endorsement was discussed or approved by the senate secretariat of NAPS, neither was it the purpose for polytechnic students convergence in Edo state polytechnic, USen. Hence, it is fake and fraudulent, targeted at defrauding the governor of cash by some set of non-students,” the students body explained.
“The NAPS senate president further said” “We hereby request the governor to honourably return the purported certificate received to the national secretariat of NAPS between now and the next seven-working days, else legitimate Nigerian polytechnic students shall march to his office to retrieve the certificate disgracefully.
“A governor who promotes impunity, factionalises party leadership, destablised state house of assembly, abandoned Ekpoma-Benin road, devotes least to education and disrespects his political party, including the national chairman of his party, can’t get the endorsement of legitimate polytechnic students.
“Except Governor Obaseki turns over a new leaf, NAPS shall never associate with him nor his administration. We rather pass vote of confidence on Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of APC who has given all to enthrone party supremacy and deepen democratic ethic and values in Nigeria than purportedly endorsing Governor Obaseki who is laying bad precedence for young generation.”
The students body also called on the federal government to investigate successive budgetary allocation to the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) from 2015 till date, noting that the agency has refuse to pay Nigerian polytechnic students who are on SIWES their N10,000 allowance since 2015. The student body called for the sack of the director general of the ITF.
In a similar, the NAPS leadership expressed satisfaction and confidence on Dr. Masud Kazaure, the director general of National Board for technical Education (NBTE) and declared readiness to work with the board to end running of unaccredited courses in Nigeria polytechnics.
The students’ body called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene on all federal roads and save the lives of Nigerians, adding that Nigerian students as over 20,000 Nigerian students have lost their lives through road accidents due to bad roads.