Lagos - The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has rejected reports it planned to stage protests against the National Agency for Foods, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and its leadership.
Tijani Usman Sheu, NANS President, said the denial comes against the backdrop of a recent attempt by some “unscrupulous elements” to drag the NANS’ name into the ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC into the activities of the NAFDAC, which culminated in the invitation of the Director General of the agency, Paul Orhi.
“We wish to state that at no time did NANS contemplate or decide to protest against neither the NAFDAC nor its leadership,” said Sheu.
“We therefore wish to call on all Nigerian students to desist from being used as tools in the hands of these fifth columnist as this may be another opportunity for the unsuspecting members of the public to accuse Nigerian Students of being tools in the hands of these selfish elements.”
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Sheu said NANS had enjoyed a cordial relationship with the NAFDAC, based on its international reputation as a forthright agency in safeguarding the health of Nigerian people particularly in the area of food and drugs administration and control.
The partnership with NAFDAC over the years has culminated into a Memorandum of Understanding between the NANS and NAFDAC on the campaign against drug abuse and the consumption of dangerous alcoholic contents across Nigerian campuses.
Sheu said whereas they supported and encouraged the EFCC in its effort and anti-corruption activities, they only wished such should be devoid of bias or undue politicization.
“We restate our commitment to the existing partnership between our association and NAFDAC and hence wish to state we will continue to support every activities of the agency."
Sheu mentioned particularly those that had directly impacted on us as a general through campus based programmes of eradication of drug abuse among others that NAFDAC under the leadership of Orhi they had immensely supported.”
- CAJ News