Nigerian Students Rally Behind ESUT Vice Chancellor Amidst Controversies

In a show of solidarity, members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Enugu State chapter, declared unwavering support for the administration of Professor Aloysius-Michaels Okolie, the Vice Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).

Nigerian Students Rally Behind ESUT Vice Chancellor Amidst Controversies
Nigerian Students Rally Behind ESUT Vice Chancellor Amidst Controversies
Nigerian Students Rally Behind ESUT Vice Chancellor Amidst Controversies

The Enugu State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has expressed steadfast backing for the university's Vice Chancellor. The NANS leadership, during a visit to ESUT Management on Tuesday, extended a hand of fellowship while dismissing critics of the university's policies as stooges attempting to sow confusion.

The visit follows a recent protest by NANS South-east at the Enugu State University College of Medicine (ESUCOM). Comrade Prisca Okeke, the Chairman of NANS Enugu State Chapter, addressed the ESUT Management during the visit, expressing disapproval of the protest and labeling those involved as rule breakers.

Okeke questioned the rationale behind medical students protesting their exclusion from further examinations due to academic underperformance. She emphasized NANS' commitment not only to students' rights but also to upholding the standards of education, ensuring the production of top-quality graduates.

"It was wrong for NANS South-east to enter Enugu State to organize a protest without due consultations," Okeke stated.

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Former Chairman of NANS Joint Campus Council (JCC), Enugu State chapter, Comrade Emmanuel Obi, shed light on the tension between NANS South-east and ESUT Management, attributing it to the university's zero-tolerance stance on cultism. Obi revealed that certain individuals harbored animosity toward the Vice Chancellor due to past confrontations related to cult activities.

Comrade Darlington Ugwueze, the former Deputy Co-ordinator, NANS Zone B, criticized the protesters for failing to engage in dialogue with ESUT Management before resorting to confrontation. He stressed the importance of consultation and consolidation in addressing grievances.

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In response, Vice Chancellor Prof. Okolie assured the students that the university's Management is committed to providing an optimal learning experience. He highlighted the prompt payment and promotion of staff to ensure a conducive environment for knowledge impartation. Prof. Okolie emphasized the university's commitment to Private-Public-Partnerships for driving projects and disassociated his administration from any abandoned projects.

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Calling for deeper coordination between student leadership and the Dean of Students' Affairs, Prof. Jude Udenta, Prof. Okolie announced plans to reorganize the entrepreneurship center, placing a stronger emphasis on skills acquisition. The university has already engaged vendors to facilitate this initiative.

As the controversy simmers, the ESUT Vice Chancellor remains resolute in steering the institution toward academic excellence and a collaborative learning environment.