The Chairman of the Association of Nigeria Universities Alumni, Dr. Wale Fasakin has charged the Federal Government and the Unions in the tertiary education sector to go the extra mile in finding a lasting solution to the near-to-unending conflicts that has engulfed the sector in recent time.
Dr. Fasakin, in a press statement on Wednesday issued at the Headquarters of the Association at Ilorin, said it is pathetic to hear again that the meeting between the government, NASU and SSANU, this week, ended in a deadlock.
ANUA contends that the said stakeholders are not sympathetic to the plight of the Nigerian students and their parents who are the grass under the tugging elephants.
Further, he urged government and the Unions to consider the students’ interest in the conflict, bearing in mind that they have been bogged at home for about a year due to the Covid-19 lockdown and ASUU/FG crises.
“All the parties concerned must join hands to lift up the standard of education, which has been dragged down so low, in the country. “
“The public universities which is the domain of education to the children of the average-parents in the country should not be killed by deliberate actions on the part of those who should protect their interest. “
Dr. Fasakin appealed to government and the striking Unions to view their actions in line with the comfort of the students and their parents who are finding it difficult to fund their education in this hard time, particularly, when four-year programmes would, for no worthy justification, become five-year or six-year programmes.
Dr. Fasakin acknowledged the patience of the students body in the country in bearing the difficulties occasioned by the conflicts, enjoining them to exercise more patience as the impasse would soon be brought to a definite end.