Senior citizens under the umbrella of the Association of Nigeria Universities Alumni (ANUA), on Monday, expressed its readiness to broker peace between the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) and the Federal Government in order to end the ongoing eight-months-old strike of the union.
It also said it had concluded plans to ensure all unemployed graduates in Nigeria are registered as a prelude to compelling the Federal Government to pay them social security allowance.
The newly elected chairman of the group, Dr Stephen Fasakin, made these disclosures in a statement forwarded to the Tribune Online.
He said it was unfortunate that crisis between ASUU and Federal Government had grounded tertiary education in public universities for more than eight months, assuring that ANUA would explore all means to mediate so as to put an end to the imbroglio.
According to him, “Under my watch, in earnest, we shall embark on the creation of a website where every unemployed graduate shall be registered. We shall doggedly pursue a bill for the payment of social security allowance for the unemployed graduates to be taken by the National Assembly.”
Under my watch, we shall encourage Nigerian graduates to be more interested in politics so that we can salvage this country from the greedy officeholders. The graduates must take over the position of leadership and responsibilities. We shall facilitate a better serving condition for corps members.”
“One major area where universities growth has suffered is the area of universities and alumni associations collaboration. We shall not close our eyes to that. On that note, we shall take a bold step on resolving this current conflict between the government and ASUU so that universities would resume work,” Fasakin remarked.
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