FROM: PAUL ORUDE BAUCHI
The National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) has elected
new national officers that will pilot the affairs of the union for the
next three years.
The election of the new executives was carried at the 2017 convention
of NAPS held at the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, at the weekend.
Prince Mohammed Sani Hassan from Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic
(ATAP), Bauchi got a total 83 votes to emerged as the new president
of NAPS, beating his opponent Comrade James Peter from the Federal
Polytechnic, Oghara, Delta state who got 17 votes while 4 votes were
Others are Zakari Hashimu ((Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi) Secretary
General, Abdulahi Nasiru, (Federal Poytechnic Nasarawa (Senate
President) Ado Zakari (Jigawa State Polytechnic) PRO and Abdullahi K.
Abubakar (Ramat Polytechnic) Financial Secretary.
Earlier before the election, Comrade Yusuf Ibrahim from Kaduna
Polytechnic had stepped down for Prince Hassan.
Chairman of the Convention, Comrade Collins Ozele, said a total of 106
delegates drawn from Polytechnic and Monotechnics across the country,
attended the convention.
Ozele, from the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State, thanked the
delegates for the decorum and maturity exhibited throughout the
He described the election as one of the freest and fairest in the
history of the union an thanked delegates for their good behaviour and
support which led to a smoot conduct of the elections.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after his election, the newly elected
NAPS President said: “I feel elected. I thank God because of the
confidence repose in me by the students because they believe that by
the grace of God I will stand for their rights despite the facts that
we know that Polytechnic students are facing numerous challenges in
Nigeria, I will fight to ensure the establishment of the National
Polytechnic Commission. Likewise we will also ensue that the dichotomy
in polytechnic and university graduates is abolished because uptill
now we realised that despite the fact that the federal government has
said that the dichotomy be abolished, some organisations are still
practising this dichotomy so during my tenure we will fight to ensure
that their names are submitted to government to enforce it.”
Comrade Hassan said he would ensure that agreements signed between
unions and the government are honoured to put an end to incessant
strikes that have affected the polytechnic education in the country.