Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCT minister canvasses students vote for Buhari

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Musa Bello, has called on Nigerian students to support President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the forthcoming elections, to ensure that the planned emergency in the education sector succeeds.   

The minister, who made the call when he received the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, FCT Chapter, on an advocacy visit to his office last week said the administration has already laid a solid foundation that will take education out of the woods. 

He said the impending emergency declaration in the sector will give further impetus to the gains already made. 

Bello noted that it was imperative for students to give their support to government to ensure that the agenda is not derailed, adding that students were part of the main group that would benefit when these programmes and policies are eventually realized. 

According to him, “We will continue to count on your support because at the end of the day, what the President is doing is building a foundation for a better tomorrow and those that will benefit in this greater tomorrow are basically yourselves and your membership. 

“Building a foundation is the most difficult of any construction work you are doing because you will spend time and resources and at the end of the day, you don’t see much, especially if it is a massive building and by all standards, Nigeria is a massive country in terms of size and population. That’s why it takes a lot of time for people to see the foundation to come out. But now the foundation is coming out and people have started to see. 

“So, we need the primary support of all of you who are the primary stakeholders so that we can build something that as time goes by, all of us will be proud to be associated with."    

Speaking earlier, chairman of the association, Comrade Mojeed Omolaja, commended the minister for the giant strides recorded in the FCT education especially achievements at the Federal University of Science and Technology, Abaji. 

Omolaja, who announced that members of the association would be embarking on a 5-day rally in the FCT, pledged their willingness to collaborate with the FCT Administration in order to promote the interest and welfare of students. 

He however appealed to the minister to intensify efforts at beefing up security in the campuses and consider the possibility of empowering a students’-based security outfit to checkmate crime and criminality around the campuses. 

Highlight of the meeting was the conferment of the award of ‘Grand Patron of Nigerian Students in the FCT’ on the FCT Minister by the aassociation, in recognition of the positive roles he has played in transforming the education sector in the territory.



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