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The National Association of Nigerian Students on Wednesday, urged the Ogun state Governor, Dapo Abiodun to rescind his action on the donation of N5 million and a three-bedroom bungalow to the Big Brother Naija winner, Olamilekan Agbelesebioba popularly known as Layconas.
The association described the action as “the height of irresponsibility and recklessness”.
The NANS Ogun state chapter, in a statement issued by its chairman,Bamgbose Tomiwa faulted the governor’s gesture on Laycon.
Abiodun had on Tuesday announced the donation of a sum of N5 million and a three-bedroom bungalow to Laycon after he appointed him as Youth ambassador in the state .
The students’ body frowned at the kind gesture of the governor to Laycon, describing his appointment as youth ambassador as ‘frivolous assignment’.
NANS said “We also demand that the Governor work towards providing palliative for students across the State, and Work towards Fulfilling all Promises made to our students during his campaign, anything in the contrary shall be met with stiff resistance.
“It is the height of irresponsibility and recklessness to read that Governor Dapo Abiodun paid host to the winner of BBNaija2020 and even went as far as splashing taxpayers money on him based on the fact that he emerged winner of the recently concluded BBNaija.
“As an association, we cannot imagine how a State Governor during this post-Covid19 era spends #5m cash, a 3-bedroom bungalow on a frivolous assignment such as Youth Ambassador.
“Isn’t this some sort of duplication which we have been complaining of? Isn’t it correct to ask the Governor the essence of the office of SA Youths? Isn’t it correct to ask the Governor what informed the appointment? Isn’t it correct to ask the Governor the job description?”
The body therefore explained that it could not fold its arms and “watch the Governor Squander taxpayers money on an individual basically for winning Big Brother Naija when there are many things expected of this same government to do to boost the economy and Improve the standard of living of his electorate during this period of economic recession Which will have more impact on the people, most especially when the poor man on the streets is clamouring for palliatives.
According to NANS, some members are clamouring for waiver of house rents, some are Seeking for Loans to pay School fees, many parents have lost their Jobs, many Small Scale Business Entrepreneurs have Suffered loss as a result of increase in Prices of goods and services.
The body further recalled “few months ago, a team of students from the Prestigious Tai Solarin University Of Education under The Umbrella of ENACTUS, won a global competition that had 128 teams from about 120 countries as participants.
” This Contest wasn’t an immoral contest, but a competition based on ideas and intellect. They won it on a global standard. Unfortunately, these Achievements did not draw the attention of any Government official, our local television station, OGTV not to mention any national daily did not air it.
“To the entire students of the Gateway state,it is a slap on our face that a BBNaija winner is appreciated by the state government above our global pride, this is a state where the likes of Onabanjo and Awolowo, Prof. Wole Soyinka and others hailed from. If you can’t identify with our sane achievements, we will fight for our standard place in the government.
“We condemn this act totally, the appointment and the lavish spending which was exhibited by the Governor yesterday. The gesture which was extended to the winner of BBNaija signal waste and misplacement of priorities most especially when it is coming from a Governor who has never for once deemed it fit to extend such gesture to best graduating students in Ogun State most especially the TASUED student who won $20,000 grants few weeks back.*
“If we are to break it down conservatively, a 3-bedroom apartment will cost #25m. If such money had been judiciously used as expected of a responsible government, it would have refurbished at least two primary health centres in the State.
“But, the Governor decided to throw close to #30m into the drain all in the name of a frivolous appointment such as Youth Ambassador in a State where there is an existing Youth Ambassador which is the SA Youths/Commissioner of Youths.”