Association urges NANS to suspend protest

Our Reporter

 

THE Association of Nigeria Universities Alumni (ANUA) on Monday appealed to the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to suspend its proposed nationwide protest, pending the time the association will resolve the crisis between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).  The association said: “We are confident that by the said proposed mediation process, the end to the impasse is nigh.”

ANUA in a statement by its Chairman, Dr. Stephen Olawale Fasakin and the General Secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Wada, promised to  contribute to the resolution of outstanding issues by bringing the knowledge and experience of its members to bear.

The statement tagged: “Request for permission to participate in negotiations between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities”, further requested to be part of the next round of negotiation between the government and ASUU.

“In line with the above and in the true display of patriotism, we strongly advise the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, to tarry a bit on their planned protest to allow the steps of mediation proposed herein to come into fruition.”

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We are confident that by the said proposed mediation process, the end to the impasse is nigh.”   “ANUA, attending as a stakeholder in matters concerning university education in Nigeria, will positively contribute to the resolution of outstanding issues by  bringing the knowledge and experience of its members to bear.”

In their individual capacities, the members of ANUA have been contributing to the advancement of education in the relevant institutions and we believe we will be able to bring our collective wealth of experience to bear in so far as the discussion between the   government and ASUU is concerned.

It is our firm conviction that university  education in Nigeria will be open to better stories to tell if the government, trade unions in universities and alumni bodies of universities work hand-in-hand.