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CLO DECRIES MARGINALISATION OF AKWA IBOM STUDENTS BY GOVERNMENT

The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Akwa Ibom State Branch on Tuesday, 23rd August, 2022 urged Nigerian students who are of age to get their permanent voters card and be ready to elect leaders who will provide good governance in the country.

The Chairman of CLO, Otuekong Franklyn Isong, made this call while addressing the National Executive of the National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAKISS), who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

The CLO boss advised Akwa Ibom State students in tertiary institutions across Nigeria not to stay aloof in the politics of who governs the State in 2023.

He noted that students constitute a substantial percentage of voters in the State and urged them to assert a reasonable influence in the process that will produce the next set of elective office holders in the State in order to ensure that the right people with the hearts of service to humanity are voted into office.

He called on the State government to give scholarship to deserving students from the State, pay bursary to Akwa Ibom students in tertiary institutions, and render financial support to Akwa Ibom students, especially those in law school and medical school.

Comrade Isong expressed worry that the current crop of politicians in the State seem to have deliberately marginalised students in policy formulation and implementation, urging the students to unite under NAKISS leadership for their voices to be heard.

The pro-democracy group urged students and other youth in the State to shun cultism and other vices that are inimical to the growth of the society, advising students and youth in the State to guard against being used by desperate politicians to perpetrate thuggery, ballot box snatching, electoral violence and other malpractices before, during and after the 2023 general elections in the State.

The human rights organisation expressed willingness to partner with the students through the NAKISS leadership in its activities and advocacies that will bring about a greater and better Akwa Ibom State.

Earlier, the National President of NAKISS, Comrade Aniedi Michael, had informed the CLO team that they were on a familiarisation visit to the CLO, stating that the students body was impressed with the way the CLO carries on its advocacies for good governance in the State.

He noted that the students body is in a transition period, with the election to usher in a new set of executive taking place soon. He expressed the pleasure of the body to have the CLO as an observer during the elections.

Comrade Michael, who is a student of Heritage Polytechnic, Eket, solicited for partnership between the CLO and NAKISS to enable the students to participate in the activities of the CLO thus contributing to the development of Akwa Ibom State.

The NAKISS-Worldwide Team on the visit included Comrade Godwin Okponung, Hon. Speaker of NAKISS-Worldwide Parliament (from University of Uyo); Comr. Udofia Bassey Udo, NAKISS-Worldwide Secretary General (from University of Calabar); Prince Moses, Stakeholder (from University of Uyo); Godfrey Effiong, NAKISS-Worldwide Electoral Board Chairman (from Heritage Polytechnic, Eket); Comrade Elijah Melody, NAKISS Chapter President of Abia State Polytechnic; Comrade Usen Johnson, Stakeholder and immediate past president NAKISS-Worldwide(Graduate of Abia State University); Comrade Umanah Otuekong, Special Adviser to the President on Health, and Goodwill Bassey, Chief of Staff to the President (from University of Calabar).

Signed

Comrade (Barr) Christopher Ekpo
State Secretary of CLO.

Saturday, 27th August, 2022.

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