National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Wednesday unveiled distribution of palliatives to fifteen (15) higher institutions in Enugu state.
The distribution, which was flagged off at international conference center, IMT Enugu is to cushion the harsh realities of Covid-19 pandemic on students; especially those who are stuck in various schools and are unable to return home.
According to Monday Diamond Ani; Chairman, NANS Covid-19 committee Enugu state; said the gesture is to help students who are stranded in various schools in Enugu state.
Further speaking, he stated that this was the most challenging project he had embarked on as a comrade following that a lot of people wanted the money for their personal gains and not really to help the most affected of students.
According to him, “palliatives are meant for students, not just students but the stranded ones…”.
He further explained that fourteen (14) schools are benefiting from this initiative including the school of therapeutics (deaf, dumb, and blind).
He said the initiative was informed by the plight of students in various schools who cried of hunger and had no means of returning to their various homes following the lockdown exercise.
When questioned on how they plan to checkmate and ensure that these palliatives are really distributed to students and not looted, he stated that no SUG president will loot the materials provided and that if such is ever heard of any, he will take up the case himself and ensure that such person is properly punished.
“Before any student will be qualified to receive the palliatives provided, such student must provide a valid means of identification as a student of the said school which could be in form of an identification card or a school fees receipt. The palliatives are to be shared to 100 students in each school in the urban areas of Enugu state while for those at the hinter areas, 50 students are to benefit in each school.
Also speaking at the event, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma and Bishop of Anglican communion, Enugu Diocese advised students against idleness at a time like this.
According to him, students can acquire diverse skills and knowledge.
He further suggested that schools can reopen now with just her final year students as education is important and further give room for other students to resume subsequently.
NANS Vice President and Special Adviser to the Enugu state governor on Student affairs, Chidi Ilogebe commended the committee ably led by Comr. Monday Diamond for a well-thought-out process.
He also appreciated the governor, Rt.Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his tremendous support which included a donation of 2-million-naira cash support for the exercise.
He further advised students to keep studying even while they get ready to return to school soon.
Ilogebe further acknowledged the tremendous support given the association by the Enugu state governor stressing that the state ranked top in such assistance.
“Enugu state governor remains the most youth friendly governor in the federation, he said.
Items distributed include 500 5kg bags of rice, 500 cartons of noodle and 1000 pieces of nose mask.
Other dignitaries at the event included Mrs Uchenwa Ujam, Bishop Joe Onuchukwu, Prof. Edwin Omeje (Dean, Student Affairs University of Nigeria, Nsukka), ACP Oluseyi Okenna representing the commissioner of police, Mr Obinna Achonye and Prof. Ugwu Edmund Agbo.