NANS President, Akpan, Engages Girlfriend On Birthday (Photos)

Mr. Danielson Bamidele Akpan, embattled president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has engaged his girlfriend, Miss Etini Etukudo.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that the event took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotels, Abuja on Sunday, at the birthday occasion of Mr. Akpan who has been nicknamed ‘Mugabe’.

Akpan bagged the infamous title ‘Mugabe’ following his refusal to conduct fresh elections or handover power despite the expiration of his one-year non-renewable tenure since 2019.

Though he claims elections cannot hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Akpan is however seen in political gatherings including allegedly endorsing the re-election bids of Southern governors.

“The same coronavirus did not stop him from throwing a birthday party and flouting the existing COVID-19 protocols with his guests”, a friend of the NANS president wrote on social media.

Critics have, on so many occasion, called on Akpan to stop parading himself as NANS president, while several of his appointees have equally resigned their positions following the development.

Announcing the engagement via his social media handle, the NANS president wrote; “I rounded up (sic) my special day by proposing to my beautiful queen. Guess what, she said YES!.”

On her part, Lady Etukudo wrote; “So yesterday I said YES to our forever, I am excited to start this journey with you my darling, Danielson Bamidele Akpan. Cheers to us!!! To love, no question.”

More photos after the cut…

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NANS 2020: Oguche Divine Campaign Train Hits Kogi (Photos)

The campaign train of Comrade Oguche Divine Omale, frontline aspirant for the position of National Public Relations Officer in the forthcoming National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) election was on Thursday, in Kogi state.

In a statement made available to Campus Gist Thursday night by the Oguche Divine Omale Campaign Organisation (ODOCO), it said the visit was in continuation of the campaign process for the NANS national election.

ODOCO said although schools have been shut nationwide owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was, however, need to establish and strengthen relationship with students’ leaders in the state.

Highlight of the visit was a meeting with the newly appointed Rector of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Dr. Usman Ogbo, where the team congratulated him on his emergence as the administrator of the institution, and also eulogised him on his “landslide achievement in infrastructural and administrative capabilities.”

The visibly elated rector who received members of the campaign organisation with open arms, thanked the ODOCO team for coming and wished them success in their political engagements.

He also assured Comrade Oguche Divine Omale, an indigene of Kogi State, of his full support in his aspirations and pursuit to cling on to the NANS National PRO position.

“In the overall interest of Nigerian students, we discussed about the need to reopen tertiary institutions in the country and we were informed that plans are already on ground pending directives from the federal government in the shortest possible time.

“As we resume campaign, we assure every Nigerian students through our meeting with the students leaders in every tertiary institution and in different states across the federation, that the paramount interest of Oguche Divine Omale upon emergence as the NANS National PRO is to serve the students community,” a statement from ODOCO added.

Comrade Oguche Divine
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Special Adviser On Students’ Matter To Anambra Governor, Sheriff, Dies

The Special Assistant on Students Matter to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, Comrade Sheriff Emeka Eboh Zadok, is dead.

Campus Gist reports that Comrade Zadok died after a brief illness on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

He died at the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, in Anambra state.

He was appointed Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on Students’ Matters in the year 2017.

Zadok was a known student leader and a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).

Campus Gist recalls that Zadok, in 2016, vied for the National President position of NANS but lost to the immediate past president, Aruna Kadiri.

Zadok was a participatory member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Association of South-East Youth Community Leaders (ASEYC) and Nigeria’s Representative at the West African Student’s Union (WASU).

He is survived by his immediate family and lovely wife. Comrade Zadok is from Abia State and was President, Umuobasi Youth Association.

In a statement made available to Campus Gist by the Anambra Stakeholders Forum and NANS Zone ‘B’ stakeholders, they resolved to give the late students’ leader a befitting burial.

They also ordered that a condolence register be opened at his immediate constituency, NANS Zone ‘B’ Transport Welfare Office at UNIZIK bus stand temporary site Awka, Anambra State from the 10th to 21st of July, 2020.

The statement announced the formation of a Central Planning Committee and subcommittees to handle all preparations for his burial. The committee has Comrade Chika Nzelu as Chairman and Comrade Chuks Obele as Secretary.

A tentative burial date of July 22 was announced, while the central planning committee is to liaise with the immediate family of the deceased and also carry the family along in every planning/preparation of his funeral rites.

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