National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has described as hilarious the dramatic call by the nation’s governors on the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to account for the estimated $20 billion they claimed accrued to the Excess Crude Account, ECA, while the NGF crisis lasted.
It would be recalled that the governors under the aegis of Nigeria Governor’s Forum, NGF, on Monday resolved their differences and urged the minister to explain the circumstances surrounding the money that accrued to the ECA between June 2013 and April 2015.
NANS in a statement signed by its Senate President, Thomas Roys Ochai said while it will not condone any acts of misappropriation, it finds the call by the governors as a strategy to cover up their wrongs while trying to gain the sympathy of the President-elect who is known to be an anti-corruption crusader.
“The governors’ antics in claiming ignorance of ECA for about two years is an indictment on themselves that they abandoned critical state matters for such a long time and where busy fighting egocentric battles.
“Most of these governors have failed to pay civil servants in their respective states resulting to closure of public schools for several months, killed the local government administration systems amongst several other anomalies.
“So, for these strange fellows to suddenly make peace and begin to throw banters at the Finance Minister under which the economy has been widely acclaimed to be stable is highly condemnable,” the statement said.
While we call on the Minister to clear herself of the issue for the sake of posterity, we wish to state that the Minister is not a devil as the governors want us to believe.
“Under Dr. Ngozie Okonjo- Iweala, the economy has been stable with reported steady growth of the GDP in addition to several empowerment programmes such as SURE-P, YOUWIN amongst others that have benefited the youths immensely.
The student’s body further alleged that the move was a clear strategy to save face by the governors but urged the anti-graft agencies not to be swayed by the strategy but properly investigate these governors.

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