By Jon Egie

 

Mr Godwin Ovuomaraini

Mr Godwin Ovuomaraini

The Senate of the National Association of Delta State Students (NADESSTU) has invalidated the purported suspension of the President of the Senate, Comrade Orhe Erhiga, citing illegality in the action as  contained in Section 29 (d) 17 (i) and subsection (h) of NADESSTU constitution.

This was contained in a Communiqué issued at the end of the 6th Senate meeting of NADESSTU held at the University of Benin on Friday, March 9.

The communiqué, which was signed by the Senate President, Comrade Orhe Erhiga and Chief Whip, Comrade Orungbe Sunday said the Senate unanimously adopted the suspension of the national President of NADESSTU, Mr. Godwin Ovuomaraini for failure to report to Senate upon invitation to answer petitions bordering on financial recklessness and alleged misappropriation of over N10 million.

It also accused the embattled President of abuse of office and misleading the Senate on modus operandi of electoral commission formation among others.

In accordance with Section 29 (e) of its constitution, NADESSTU Senate unanimously resolved to invite anti-graft agencies to assist in investigating the allegation of financial misconduct against the suspended national President.

Meanwhile, the Senate of NADESSTU has mandated the vice President of the association, Comrade Prisca Ufikpo to act as national President pending when investigation on the allegation will be concluded.

NADESSTU Senate also ordered the suspended national President, Mr. Godwin Ovuomoraini to hand over all properties of the association to the acting President with immediate effect.

They commended the Delta State scholarship board for the improvement in the administration of the Special Assistance Scheme (SSAS) also known as Bursary vis-à-vis the payment module.

The Senate called on the management of the various schools who are yet to screen the list sent to them for the SSAS payment to do so in earnest so that beneficiaries can get their payment without delay.

While commending the Delta State Government for sustaining the various bursary and scholarship schemes with prompt payment, the Senate appealed to His Excellency, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, Governor of Delta State to include graduates with Second Class Upper in its overseas scholarship programmes for Masters.

As at press time, the embattled national President, Godwin Ovuomaraini could not be reached for his comment.