Abuja, Nov. 17, 2017 (TNE) The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) began a campaign to combat social vices in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT.
Mr. Odebunmi Idowu, National Public Relations Officer, NANS, gave this indication during an event organised by NANS to mark the International Students Day in Abuja on Friday.
The theme of the event is: “Securing Nigeria’s Future: Nigerian Students Campaign against Female Sexual Harassment and Victimization, Cultism, Cyber crime, Corruption, Drug Abuse and other Social Vices”.
Idowu said that the Nigerian students were seeking to transform and reform the nation, adding that students were the tool to effect positive change in the country.
According to him, the youths are the bedrock of a nation’s development; they are the social, economic and political asset of the nation.
“Nigerian students constitute 70 per cent of youths in Nigeria; also findings have revealed that social vices are rampant among the student community.
“We are using this medium to tell Nigerian youths to go out to spread the news that NANS has started the campaign against female sexual harassment and victimisation, cultism, cyber-crime, corruption, drug abuse and other social vices.
“We can secure the future when the country is free from social vices; insecurity can only be put to rest if the youths are engaged.’’
In his address , the chairman of the day, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammed, who is the Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, said the theme for the celebration was apt because change was needed in the country.
Muhammed, represented by Dr Bello Tambuwal, Secretary of the commission, said everyone had a role to play to bring about positive change, adding that the youths must resolve to desist from social vices.
He said he hoped that the resolutions reached at the end of the meeting would be implemented for the benefit of other students and youths in the country.
Also speaking, the Chairperson, Princess Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), commended the students for their imitative to begin the campaign against social vices.
Akobundu, represented by her Special Adviser, Dr Charles Onuah, said:“social vices are rampant, especially drug abuse, so if our students have decided to preach against this then our future is bright.
“I urge you to continue to advocate to the youths that corruption and other social vices must be given a back sit if Nigeria must move forward.’’
She said NEPAD would continue to partner with Nigerian students to eradicate crime in the society through its programmes which would be taken to the grassroots.
Akobundu said that the campaign must be sustained “if we seek a positive change in the country”.
The day is an international observance of students community held annually on Nov. 17.
The day, commemorates the Nazi German storming of Czech universities in 1939 and the subsequent killing and sending of students to concentration camps.