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Fulfil your promise, immortalize AAUA students – NANS tells Dangote

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National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has appealed to Dangote Cement PLC to honour its promise in respect to an incident that occurred in January 2021.

The student body made this disclosure via a statement on Sunday.

An accident occurred in 2021 which involved a truck of the cement company.

The accident claimed lives of some students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), included the then President of the Students’ Union Government, Adesomoju Samuel.

NANS said that the cement company is yet to fulfill its promise made to the families of the victims.

The students body made this known in a statement signed by NANS Vice President, External Affairs, Babatunde Afeez Akinteye.

The body said that the students body was surprised that the company is yet to fulfill its promise since 2021.

Akinteye while speaking said that the students body has given the cement company a 14-day ultimatum to fulfill its promise.

He added that the students body will restrict all vehicles of the cement company from plying roads in the South West region if the company failed to fulfill its promise within fourteen days.

Akinteye said, “We write with great consternation mixed with an absolute shock, having been recently informed of the failure of DANGOTE CEMENT PLC to honour its promise to the families of the victims of the AAUA tragedy– which rocked the citadel of learning on the inauspicious afternoon of the 23rd of January, 2021, that claimed the life of the immediate past SUG PRESIDENT OF THE INSTITUTION ( SAMPRAISE).

“You will recall that the monumental tragedy, which claimed the lives of 8 promising students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, included the then President of the Students’ Union Government, Comrade Adesomoju Samuel in what has now been described as the bloodiest day in AAUA history.

“It is on record– both officially and publicly– that subsequent upon this mishap, Dangote Cement Company which is the parent company responsible for the tragedy, pledged to immediately immortalize the victims of the tragic mishap as part of its appeasement to their families.

“Sequel to this, we write to issue a 14-day ultimatum to Dangote Cement to fulfill the promise made to the families and as well immortalize the victims of the accident with immediate effect. Let it be stated in emphatic terms that failure to comply with this will be taken as a challenge to the association and by extension, barefaced affront to the entire populace of Nigerian students, which we shall not hesitate to confront with all sense of aggression by the restriction of movement of all vehicles of Dangote in South West and also shutting down their operational headquarters in Lagos while also adopting other measures that the company may not be able to conceive let alone envisage even in their wildest imagination”.

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