Nigerian youth activist and student leader, Opiano officially declared his intention to vie for the position of Senate president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
The announcement was made on Tuesday March 23 2021 through a press release issued by Opiano’s team. According to the press release Opiano believes that he has the capacity and experience to lead NANS and champion the interests of Nigerian students at the national level.
Opiano Unlocks whose real name is Osadolor Nate Asemota is a 400-level student of Electrical/Electronics Engineering at the University of Benin. He is known for his advocacy for good governance youth empowerment and social justice. He is also a skilled pianist and music producer hence the moniker .
In his declaration speech Opiano Unlocks stated that he was inspired to run for the position of NANS Senate president by the need to address the numerous challenges facing Nigerian students including poor funding of education inadequate facilities insecurity and unemployment.
He noted that NANS as the apex body of Nigerian students has a critical role to play in shaping the policies and programs that affect the welfare and future of students. He pledged to work closely with other student leaders government officials and civil society organizations to ensure that Nigerian students are given the attention and support they deserve.
Opiano Unlocks also promised to promote transparency accountability and stakeholder engagement in the affairs of NANS adding that he would prioritize innovation digitalization and youth participation in decision-making processes.
His campaign has already generated a lot of buzz on social media with many young Nigerians expressing their support for his candidacy. Many believe that he represents the kind of youthful visionary leadership that Nigeria needs to move forward.
However Opiano‘ candidacy is not without its challenges. He will have to navigate a complex political terrain navigate the often murky waters of student politics and win the support of a diverse and politically active student population.
Nonetheless Opiano remains undaunted saying that he is ready to face any obstacle that comes his way. He believes that with the support of fellow students and other stakeholders he can emerge victorious and make a positive impact on the lives and futures of Nigerian students.
In conclusion Opiano ‘ entry into the race for the NANS Senate presidency is a welcome development that highlights the need for visionary and competent leadership in Nigeria. His campaign promises to be a defining moment in Nigerian student politics and a test of the capacity of young Nigerian leaders to drive positive change in the country.