Honourable Shina Peller, a federal legislator for the House of Representatives’ Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency, has urged Nigerian students to use their numbers and power to improve the country’s perception of political leadership.
The Hon. Peller made this call on Saturday in Abuja while speaking as a prizewinner at a celebration for the 40th anniversary of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
The Oke Ogun-born federal lawmaker expressed his displeasure over the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, which has kept students in Nigerian universities out of class for 194 days without a satisfactory resolution from the relevant authorities. He was honored at the event as Life Patron of NANS and also received an award for Outstanding Leadership.
Honourable Peller described the situation as worrisome and called on Nigerian students to make their numbers count by ensuring that the country’s next set of leaders are patriotic and selfless Nigerians
“The country’s education system is on the brink of collapse and Nigerian students must use their numbers to usher in a pro-people leadership in 2023.
“With over 30 million Nigerian students in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari won the previous election with slightly more than 15 million votes.
Explaining the rationale behind the choice of Honourable Peller as the Life Patron of the National Association of Nigerian Students, the NANS President, Sunday Asefon, stated that the lawmaker has always been an advocate of Nigerian students and youth, and that he is ever concerned about their welfare and development.