The Kogi Wing of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has alleged threats to the lives of its members following the association’s vote-of-no-confidence in Governor Idris Wada’s education policy.
NANS, last week, passed a vote-of-no-confidence in the governor’s management of the education sector.
A statement yesterday in Lokoja, the state capital, by the National Welfare Director/Kogi State Coordinator of NANS, Miss Blessing Alaofin, said:
“Ever since we passed a vote-of-no-confidence in Captain Wada, the members of our Education Assessment Team, headed by the PRO, have been threatened by agents of the government for condemning the governor for not doing so much in the area of education in the state…
“Our lives are now in danger for voicing what we believed was wrong. We …plead with the public to come to our aid as several attempts have been made to arrest some of the team’s members in Lokoja at the weekend…”
But the government yesterday described the allegations as ridiculous and mischievous.
Through his Special Adviser, Media and Strategy, Jacob Edi, the governor said his administration had not had any misunderstanding with students.
“That is why the government appointed a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Students Affairs. This appointment is deliberately to cater for the welfare of the students,” Edi said.