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					THE CONSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DELTA STATE STUDENTS (NADESSTU)
PREAMBLE
We the students of Delta State origin in institution of higher learning, determined to foster understanding and unity amongst ourselves, protect our common interest and welfare, having firmly and solemnly resolved: To provide a constitution for the purpose of evolving an effective and responsible student governing body in order to protect the rights of Delta State Students and ensure for ourselves a place for pride and discharged our responsibilities as informed members of the society. And to encourage responsible leadership among students and to play a worthy role in national and international community of students. The Association do hereby make enact and give to ourselves this constitution.

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SECTION 1: SUPREMACY This constitution shall be supreme and shall have binding force on all the organs and members of the Association. SECTION 2: TITLES This constitution shall be cited and referred to as: THE CONSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DELTA STATE STUDENTS (NADESSTU) and shall regulate, control and evaluate the activities of Students of the state (Delta State). SECTION 3: MOTTO The motto of the National association of Delta State Students shall be “Education for Development and Unity”. SECTION 4: SLOGAN The slogan of the Association shall be: Great Deltans!! Response Great!!!

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SECTION 5: NAME OF THE ASSOCIATION The Association shall be known and called THE CONSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DELTA STATE STUDENTS (NADESSTU), herein referred to in this constitution as NADESSTU.

FUNDAMENTAL OBJECTIVES AND DIRECTIVE PRINCIPLES OF THE ASSOCIATION POLICY
SECTION 6: AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The aims and objectives of Nadesstu shall be: a. Encourage and promote a harmonious interaction between students, school authorities, government and the general public. b. Promote an effective and efficient students representative body. c. Create a veritable forum for the cultural, social, intellectual, physical, moral and educational development and upliftment of its members in particular and Delta State in general. d. Harmonize and co-ordinate the activities of Nadesstu chapters. e. Promote effective communication with government, so that the rights, privileges and obligations of members of Nadesstu are maintained and protected. f. Condemn and oppose any form of discrimination, injustice, oppression and victimization of Delta State students within and outside the state. g. Speak against bad government in Delta State in particular and Nigeria in general.

SECTION 7: MEMBERSHIP/PRIVILEGES The Association shall have the categories of members: a. Ordinary members b. Honorary members c. Life members

SECTION 8: ORDINARY MEMBERS The ordinary membership of Nadesstu shall be open to all registered students of Delta State origin in Primary, Secondary and other Institution of Higher learning.

SECTION 9: HONORARY MEMBERS The Senate arm of the Association shall have powers to appoint honorary members. The honorary membership shall be conferred by the Executive council subject to the approval of the Senate. These shall be persons considered by the congress to be interested in the students’ welfare or have made meaningful contribution to the advancement of the State from the Students angle. The following privileges shall be accorded to the honorary members: 1. He shall use the facilities recognized and approved by the Association. 2. He shall use official colours and emblem of the association. 3. Participate in recognized meetings and functions of the Association, but shall exercise no voting right. 4. Any person conferred with honorary membership of the Association shall have the right to be awarded a certificate, which shall be duly signed by the President and legal adviser of the Association.

SECTION 10: LIFE MEMBERS 1. A life member shall be past member of the Association appointed by the Senate to Honours Role of the Association in view of his or her past activities in the interest of the Association or in appreciation of his role in the society. 2. A past member of the Association shall be appointed a “life member” by the Executive council with approval of the Senate and shall have his or her name entitled in the honour Role of the Association. 3. A life member shall be entitled to the same right and privileges as honorary members

SECTION 11: ORGANS OF NADESSTU The organs of Nadesstu shall be: a. The Nadesstu Executive Council b. The Nadesstu Senate c. The Nadesstu Senate and Executive Joint Council d. Committees and Commissions

SECTION 12: THE NADESSTU EXECUTIVE COUNCIL The National Executive Council shall consist of:

a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j. k. l.

The National President The Vice President The Secretary General The Assistant Secretary General The Public Relations Officer The Treasurer The financial Secretary The Director of Welfare The National Mobilization Officer The Director of Sports The Director of Socials The Zonal Sub Exco (Coordinators/Secretary/PRO/Treasurer)

SECTION 13: GENERAL FUNCTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL The Nadesstu Executive Council shall: a. Be responsible for upholding and defending the Constitutional Aims and Objectives of the Association. b. Carry out the day to day running of the Association and shall be responsible to the Nadesstu Senate. c. In consultation with the Senate, implement all programmes and activities of the Association. d. Take care of the Association properties. e. In consultation with the Senate, represent the Association’s views to the Delta State Government Authority within and outside the State or Country. f. An officer of the Executive Council shall have power to petition any member of the Executive Council to the Senate for disciplinary actions. g. Have powers to negotiate for financial and material assistance, BUT SHALL NOT Directly or Indirectly compromise the policy, independence and aspirations of the Senate/Executive Joint Council. h. The Executive Council shall have power to appoint an Ad-hoc Committee subject to the confirmation of the Senate/Executive Joint Council. i. Meet at least once in two months. j. Be responsible to see that the duties of the officers as provided for in this Constitution are carried out by the officers concerned. k. Organize an annual delta Students Day tagged “DELTA DAY”

SECTION 14: FUNCTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS SECTION 14(1): THE PRESIDENT The President shall: a. Be the head of the Executive Council of the association. b. Co-ordinate and harmonize effectively the activities of the Association. c. Be responsible for co-ordinating the activities of the other officers of the executive Council. d. Preside at all regular and special meetings of the executive Council and Senate and Executive Joint Council and shall only have a casting vote when there is a tie. e. Be co-signatory to the Association Account f. Through the Secretary General summon meetings of the Executive Council. g. Be a signatory to all correspondence of the Association and represent her in all external matters. h. Be the Chairman of the budget committee that may be set up in accordance with the provisions of this constitution. i. Present the Annual budget to the Senate for consideration and approval, through the Financial Secretary.

SECTION 14(2): THE VICE PRESIDENT The vice President shall: a. Assist the President in his duties and in his absence. b. Be the Chairman of the “Delta Day” committee and direct the activities accordingly. c. Perform any other duty as may be assigned by the Executive Council.

SECTION 14(3): THE SECRETARY GENERAL The Secretary General shall: a. Conduct the correspondence of the Association in consultation with the President. b. Summon meetings at the instance of the President stating the agenda. c. Keep minutes of all meetings of the Executive Council and Senate/Executive joint Council.

d. Compile in consultation with other Executive Council members an annual report and present to the Joint Council meetings. e. Except in respect to financial matters be signatory to all correspondence from the association.

SECTION 14(4): THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL The Assistant Secretary General shall: a. Assist the Secretary General in his duties and his absence. b. Be the secretary to the Delta Day committee. c. Perform other duties as may be assigned to him from time to time by the Secretary General or the Executive Council.

SECTION 14(5): THE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER The public Relations Officer shall: a. Be responsible for publishing the activities of the Association as determined by its appropriate organs. b. Be responsible for the purchase and display of newspapers, newsbeats, notices, bills and other publications as they affect the Association. c. Be the official mouthpiece of the Association. d. Through appropriate means with the approval of the Executive Council encourage members to live up to the noble goals of the Association. e. Be the Chairman of the publicity committee.

SECTION 14(6): THE TREASURER The Treasurer shall: a. Be the financial custodian of the Association. b. Make bank lodgments in respect of all cash received by him within forty-eight (48) hours of such receipts and for the Association’s Account. c. Be signatory to the Association’s Account d. Keep the Associations’ Cheque Books and other financial documents.

SECTION 14(7): THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY The Financial Secretary shall: a. Keep records of payments made to the Association.

b. Advise the Association on the control of expenditure. c. Prepare and present to the Joint Council an annual financial report of the Association. d. Be a signatory to the Association Account. e. Brief Senate on quarterly basis the financial state of the Association. f. Keep receipts, lodgers and other evidence of financial dealings.

SECTION 14(8): DIRECTOR OF WELFARE The Director of Welfare shall: a. Be responsible for matters relating to the general welfare of the Association’s members and guest other than academic welfare. b. Be responsible for the organization of Students travel within Nigeria. c. Be the Chairman of the Welfare Committee that may be appointed by the Executive Council. d. Carry out other functions as may be hereafter assigned to him.

SECTION 14(9): THE NATIONAL MOBILIZATION OFFICER The National Mobilization Officer shall: a. Be in charge of mobilizing Students for the Association activities as approved by the appropriate organs. b. Be in charge of all special duties of the Association. c. With the approval of the appropriate organ see to the implementation of the directive of the National leadership of Nadesstu by chapter Associations. d. Carry out other functions as may be assigned to him by the Executive Council.

SECTION 14(10): THE DIRECTOR OF SPORTS The Director of Sports shall: a. Be responsible for the sporting activities of the Association. b. Encourage members to per take in sporting activities. c. Collate and keep members informed of the sporting activities indifferent institutions. d. Perform other duties as may be assigned to him by the Executive Council.

SECTION 14(11): THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIALS The Director of Socials shall:

a. Assist the Vice President in organizing the “Delta Day”. b. Take custody and maintain proper inventory of all audio visual equipment of the Association. c. Be in charge of all social and cultural activities of the Association except otherwise provided. d. Carry out other functions as may be hereafter assigned to him.

SECTION 15: ZONAL SUB-EXECUTIVES There shall be four (4) Zones in the Association: 1. The North 2. The South-West 3. The South-East 4. The South-South Each Zone shall have: a. Zonal Coordinator b. Zonal Secretary c. Zonal PRO d. Zonal Treasurer 1. The Northern Zone shall be known and called “Zone A” 2. The South-South Zone shall be known and called “Zone B” 3. The South-West Zone shall be known and called “Zone C” 4. The South-East Zone shall be known and called “Zone D” Elections into the Zonal Executives shall be recognized during the pre-convention.

SECTION 16: FUNCTIONS OF ZONAL EXECUTIVES a. The Zonal coordinator shall assist in the coordinating of the various chapters in their jurisdiction. b. The Zonal Executives are members of the National Executive and shall also enjoy every other benefit as the Executive Council members. c. Shall have powers to call for zonal meetings without prejudice to any section of this constitution.

SECTION 17: THE CONVENING AUTHORITY

a. The Nadesstu Senate shall at their last meeting fix the date of the next convention. No other organ of the Association shall appropriate to itself the duty of convening the convention other than the Senate. b. The Annual Convention shall be held every year between the months of November and December.

SECTION 18: THE ASSOCIATION SENATE The Association Senate shall consist of: 1. The Senate 2. The Deputy Senate President 3. The Senate Clerk 4. The Deputy Senate Clerk 5. The Chief Whip 6. One Senator from each registered chapter of the Association: who shall be the President or his Representative. 7. The Executive Council members, who shall not have the right to vote or move any motion in the floor of the house

SECTION 19: FUNCTIONS OF THE SENATE a. The Senate shall operate as the link between the Students and the Executive Council of the Association. b. It shall scrutinize and approve the proposed budget Annual of the Association. c. The Senate shall be the Legislative and Judiciary arms of the Association. d. The Senate from time to time review the programme of activities of the Association with the aim of ensuring that the objectives set by the Constitution are realized. e. Incase of the impeachment or resignation of all members of the Executive Council, appoint a Caretaker Committee to act pending the re-election of new Executive Council. f. The Senate shall have powers to set up Ad-hoc Committee(s). g. The Senate shall have powers to impeach or remove any officer of the Senate by a vote of not less than two-third majority of Senators present. h. Subject to the provisions of this Constitution have powers to regulate its own procedure by drawing up a standing order.

SECTION 20: THE NADESSTU SENATE/EXECUTIVE JOINT COUNCIL The Council shall consist of: a. The Principal Offricers of the Association b. Senate and members of the Executive Council

SECTION 21: FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL a. The Council shall be responsible for disbursing the finances of the Association. b. The Council shall set up a Budget Committee to prepare the Association Annual Budget. c. Set up Committee(s) to perform specific functions of the Association. d. Shall act as link between Senate and the Executive Council. e. Shall harmonize the policies and programmes of the Association. f. Perform any other function as may be appropriate.

SECTION 22: THE ASSOCIATION FUNDS (FINANCES) The following shall consist sources of income to the Association: a. Association Dues: Every member of the Association shall pay the sum of N300.00 (three hundred naira only) as Nadesstu National Dues every calendar year. This shall be subject to review from time to time when deemed necessary by the Joint Executive Council. b. Donations: The Association shall receive donations inform of aids, grants and gifts from individual(s) and corporate bodies provided that such assistance shall not in any manner be prejudicial to any section of this Constitution or undermine the policies and objectives of the Association. c. Fund Raising Programme: The Association may organize fund raising activities when necessary. d. Annual Chapter Registration: The Association shall also generate fund from the Annual Registration of various chapters of the Association in various institutions. The annual registration shall be N1, 000.00 (one thousand naira only) this shall be subject to review from time to time when deemed necessary by the joint Executive Council.

SECTION 23: DISBURSEMENT OF ASSOCIATION FUNDS The disbursement of any fund of the Association shall be duly authorized at any time during the Joint Executive Council meeting under the signatory of; 1. The Treasurer 2. The Financial Secretary 3. The Senate President 4. The Executive President It is important to state here that all officers of the Association shall be entitled to a working imprest which shall be determined by the Joint Executive Council meeting from time to time.

SECTION 24: BUDGET 1. The Executive Council through the President shall present to the Senate an annual budget showing estimated income and expenditure for the period covering the council’s tenure of office. 2. The annual budget of the Association shall not after its approval by the Senate be amended except upon recommendation by the Executive as supplementary budget. 3. All expenditure shall fall within the approved budget of the Association.

SECTION 25: AUDIT 1. The Association account shall be audited at least once in every six (6) months by auditors approved by the Senate. 2. The auditors’ reports shall be given to every registered chapter of the Association not later than two weeks after the approval of the report.

SECTION 26: ISSUE OF GRANT/AIDS a. Request for grant from the Association’s annual fund shall be made by “Application” to the Financial Secretary. b. The Financial Secretary shall henceforth forward such application to the Joint Executive Council for approval. c. The Joint Executive Council shall have powers to determine the amount to be approved as grants and aids to applicant(s). d. The President in consultation with other signatory to the Association’s account have powers to authorize the disbursement of the Association funds not exceeding N10, 000.00 (ten thousand naira) during the period between elections and the approval of the Annual Budget by the Senate.

SECTION 27: DISCIPLINE Discipline shall be defined in terms of punishment meted on any persons who contravene any aspect of the Constitution or in any act of gross misconduct capable of bringing disrepute to the good image of the Association. a. This shall be strictly enforced within the Association and any member who commits any offence shall be liable to punishment as provided by this Constitution. b. Offences shall include: 1. Breach of any aspect of the Constitution. 2. Acting in any manner likely to bring the name of the association in ridicule, disrepute and contempt. 3. Disclosing official information of the Association. 4. Carrying out fraudulent or dishonest practices which are likely to cause embarrassment or disgrace to the Association. c. Forms of punishment The form of punishment which shall depend on the nature and seriousness of a given offence shall be: 1. Caution 2. Censure 3. Refund 4. Fine 5. Suspension from office 6. Impeachment 7. Debarring from holding office d. Any officer or member of the Association found guilty by Senate to have unjustly enriched himself at the expense of the Association shall refund in full to the Association the relevant amount within fourteen (14) days of his being so found. e. Any officer of the Association found guilty of financial mismanagement shall automatically forfeit his or her office and shall be barred from holding any office and he or she stand to be expelled from the Association. In addition, the matter shall be reported to the appropriated authorities for further criminal discipline. f. No person placed under Executive or parliamentary probation shall have the right during the probation period to speak, vote at any meetings of Association.

SECTION 28: LEGAL ACTIVITIESS

The Association shall have a Legal Adviser who shall advise the Association on legal matters. 1. The Legal Adviser shall be a practicing Lawyer (a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria). 2. The Legal Adviser shall not be an employee of either the State or Federal Government. 3. He shall defend the image of the Association at all times. 4. All issues that cannot be resolved by the Senate or Joint Executive shall be referred to the Legal Adviser for advice. 5. Without prejudice to any section of this Constitution no matter shall go to the Legal Adviser without proper deliberation by the Senate or the Joint Executive. 6. He shall hold office on contract basis.

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SECTION 29: QUORUM Without prejudice to any to any section of this Constitution and indeed to any of the Association chapter, the quorum for any Senate meeting and Annual convention shall not be less than ten (10) registered Senators from various schools (chapters). Any decision or group of decisions arising from there shall be binding on all members present or absent.

SECTION 30: ELECTORAL PROCEDURE/ELIGIBILITY TO HOLD OFFICE 1. The Elections into Executive Council and Senate leadership shall be at the Annual convention of the Association (subject to section 17(b).

2. Any ordinary member wishing to contest any office must be duly endorsed by the chapter which shall be his primary constituency for the purpose of the Election. 3. All registered Students of Delta State origin in institution of higher learning shall be eligible to contest for elective positions except: a. First year or spillover Student. b. Post graduate Student. 4. A candidate must have a C.G.P.A of at least 2.5 5. A member shall be dis-qualified from contesting or holding office if he or she is: a. On academic or disciplinary probation. b. An officer in any local chapter of the Association. c. Has been found guilty of abuse of office incapacity or other serious irresponsible conduct. d. A cultist. e. Employed in any capacity by any registered political party or Government employee. 6. Subject to the provision of this Constitution only registered chapter can project a candidate or vote in Election of the Association. 7. No person shall be allowed to contest more than one elective post in one academic year simultaneously. 8. All candidates vying for any position shall pay a non refundable fee to be determined by the Electoral Commission. 9. All registered chapter of the Association shall be entitled to one vote who be either the chapter President, Vice President or Secretary General. 10. All chapters of the Association shall register with the clerk of the Senate; two Senate meetings preceding the Election (convention) 11. Only registered chapter of the Association shall be eligible to vote and be voted for. 12. The Clerk shall at the last Senate meeting read out all registered chapters and handover the list to the Association Secretary General for record purpose. 13. Any officer of the Association who intend to contest again for any position must resign four (4) weeks before the convention (Election) and must be cleared by the Audit Committee in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution. 14. During the swearing-in of the new elected leaders “Certificate of Service” shall be awarded to the out-going members of the Senate Executive Council. 15. The Electoral Commission shall organize and supervise all Elections with utmost good faith.

SECTION 31: ELECTORAL COMMISSION a. There shall be Electoral Commission which shall organize and effectively supervise all Association’s Elections and Bye-Elections with utmost good faith.

b. The Electoral Commission shall be independent of any organ of the Association and shall stay in office until the end of its present tenure. c. The Commission shall be headed by a Chairman to be appointed by members present at the convention and other six (6) members from various zones/chapters present. d. The Electoral Commission shall have the power to draw up and enforce Electoral rules and regulations subject to the provisions of the Constitution. Such regulations shall be made known (published at least a day before the Elections). e. The Electoral Commission shall determine the mode of the Elections (either open or secret ballot) with reasons to the various chapters present at the convention. f. The Electoral Commission shall be officially inaugurated on the pre-convention day. g. The Electoral Commission Chairman shall immediately announce the result of the Election on open air. h. A candidate shall be declared elected by simple majority, if no winner emerges because there is tie, the Commission shall arrange another election within three (3) hours. i. All Elections petitions shall be directed to an Electoral Tribunal that may be set up by Senate within forty-eight (48) hours of the declaration of results.

SECTION 31(2): ELECTORAL TRIBUNAL a. There shall be an Electoral Tribunal. b. It shall be set up by Senate to look into petitions arising from Elections. c. It shall be independent of any organ of the Association. d. It shall perform its duties with utmost good faith. e. It shall be made up of a Chairman and six (6) other members.

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SECTION 31(3): SWEARING-IN/HANDOVER 1. The newly Elected Officers shall assume office being sworn in by a Judge of a State High Court or a Magistrate in the presence of the Governor or his representative, not later than fourteen (14) days after the Elections.

2. At the swearing in of a new Executive Council, there shall be a former handing over of the Association leadership to the new President by the outgoing President. Consequently the officers’ stands dissolve.

SECTION 32: OATH OF OFFICE OF MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF THE ASSOCIATION I______________________________ do hereby declare and solemnly swear/affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the National Association of Delta State Students’ (NADESSTU). That as________________________________ of the Association, I will carry out my duties to the best of my knowledge and ability, faithfully and with accordance of the provision of the Constitution of the Association, bearing in mind the interest of the members of the Association. That I strive to preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of the Association. That I will not allow my personal interest to influence my official conduct or my official functions and decisions, that I will treat all members of the Association equally prior to the provisions of the Constitution in case of the discharge of my duties without any fear or favour, affection or ill will, duties without directly or indirectly, communicate or reveal to any person(s) any matter which shall be brought under my consideration or shall become known to me as_________________________ of the Students’ Association, except as may be required for the due discharge of my duties. So help me God!

SECTION 33: OATH OF OFFICE OF THE SENATE I___________________________ do hereby declare hereby declare and solemnly swear/affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the National Association of Delta State Students’ (NADESSTU). That as the ________________________ of the Senate of the Association, I will discharge my legislative and judicial functions without any fear or favour, affection or ill will to the best of my knowledge and ability, faithfully and in accordance with the provision of the Constitution of the Association, and always in the interest of the integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Association. That I will strive to preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of the Association prior to the provisions of the Constitution. So help me God!

MEMBERS OF THE CONSTITUTION REVIEW COMMITTEE (200 CRC)
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. COM. ERIC K. OMARE COM. ADEHOR O. ALBERT COM. UFUOMA TOMSMITH COM. ADIGWE PATRICK COM. IGUDIA DONALD COM. OTORIE ERHIRE COM. ANNELY INNOCENT - Chairman (Deputy Senate President) - Secretary (Clerk) - Member (National Vice President) - Member (UNIBEN) - Member (UNIPORT) - Member (AAU) - Member (UNIZIK)