By Matthew Denis
The National Association of Kwara State Students (NAKSS) on Tuesday suspended its National President, Comrade Musa Muhammad Mancha over alleged mismanagement of funds to the tune of N1.5million.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Senate President of the association, Comrade Abdulazeez Ahmad El-Imam and the Senate Clerk, Comrade Sulyman Abubakar and made available to this medium on Tuesday.
The statement said, “In line with the constitution guiding our noble association, NAKSS. We deemed it fit to publish to the general public the resolutions of the Senate sitting held on the 1st of October, 2018 at Ilorin.
“The Senate Council resolved that the association’s President, Comrade Mancha, a student of the University of Ilorin should be suspended pending further investigations over the breach of the union’s constitution on mismanagement of funds of the association close to N1.5million.
“Visitation and soliciting for assistance on behalf of the association without the knowledge of the Senate Council which contradict Article seven, Section three(i)and(ii)
“Presentation of awards to some public office holders without the Senate recommendation which contradict Article five, Section four and invitation of hoodlums to invade the Senate chamber and injuring senators at the last sitting.”
Mancha was also accused of organising a programme at the Banquet hall where he generated over N500, 000 without the approval of the Senate Council.
His other offences according to the statement included denying members of the executive council their constitutional rights such as access to financial records, information and contribution to the association. Added to these is subjecting the organisation to partisan politics to the extent of endorsing aspirants and mobilising students to welcome Governorship and House of Representative aspirants at Ilorin International Airport.
The Senate however urged the President to hand over all the union’s property in his possession to the Vice President (Admin), Comr. Ibrahim Abdullahi Paranti.
“The Vice President (Admin) should write to the state government through the Special Assistant to Governor Ahmed on Students Affairs, Comrade Lamidi Akanbi, to know the status of the bursary and report to the union within one week for further action.
Responding in a text message sent to our reporter last night, the embattled president, Mancha debunked the allegations stressing that he remained the leader of NAKSS.
He said, “My attention has been drawn to the rumour in circulation that the senate suspended me. I wish to state categorically at least for public consumption that I was never suspended by the senate or anyone.
“I hereby call on the general public to disregard such rumour as I remain the NAKSS President. I use this medium to implore those involved in circulation of fake news about my person and the association to desist as it will benefit no one.