We stand with ESUT Vice Chancellor, NANS Declares.
Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Enugu State chapter on Tuesday declared their total support for the administration of the Vice Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, Professor Aloysius-Michaels Okolie.
The NANS leadership also extended hands of fellowship to ESUT Management, adding that those who frown at the sound and ethical policies of the present University Management were stooges who had been bought over to create confusion in the system.
Their visit came on the heels of NANS South-east protest at the Enugu State University College of Medicine, ESUCOM, last week.
While addressing the ESUT Management during the visit, the Chairman of NANS, Enugu State Chapter, Comrade Prisca Okeke, said those who carried out the protest broke the rules of engagement.
Comrade Okeke also said "I don't know how a medical student will fail three out of five professional courses and embark on protest because the person was asked to stop from taking further examinations. These are the people who would take care of the health of the public if they eventually graduate.
"In as much as we advocate for the rights of the students, it does not take away our prestige and ideology of the kind of education that we want to acquire. We don't just stand for the students alone, we make sure that the best students are produced.
"It was wrong for NANS South-east to enter Enugu State to organize protest without due consultations," she said.
In his remarks, the former Chairman of NANS Joint Campus Council, JCC, Enugu State chapter, Comrade Emmanuel Obi, said NANS South-east is at loggerhead with the ESUT Management because of its zero tolerance for cultism.
"Some people have vowed that the Vice Chancellor would continue to have issues. This is because there was a time he had issues with some persons who tried to disturb the peace in the University through cultism," Comrade Obi said.
Also, the former Deputy Co-ordinator, NANS Zone B, Comrade Darlington Ugwueze, said that the protesters failed to engage the ESUT Management on dialogue before becoming confrontational, adding that they should have "consulted and consolidated before confronting."
In his response, the ESUT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Okolie, said that the Management of the University are always on their toes to ensure that the students have the best learning experience.
He said that the staff of the University are being paid and promoted promptly to motivate them to impart knowledge to the students without grudges.
The Vice Chancellor who said that his administration would not be associated with any abandoned project, added that the University would be driven through Private-Public-Partnerships.
He called for deeper coordination between the students leadership and the Dean of Students' Affairs, Prof. Jude Udenta.
He also said that ESUT would reorganize the entrepreneurship centre to emphasize more on skills acquisition for the students of the University, stressing that the Management of the University has engaged vendors to facilitate the processes.