The Nigerian Association of Alumni of Universities (ANUA) has called on the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to suspend its protest proposal at the national level.
ANUA urged the NANS to suspend the protest until the association resolves the crisis between the federal government and the Union of Academic Personnel of Universities (ASUU).
DAILY POST learned that NANS has finalized plans to organize a nationwide protest against the ongoing strike launched by ASUU.
But, ANUA has said that the protest is not necessary because it was confident that the crisis will be resolved soon.
ANUA, in a statement signed by its president, Dr. Stephen Olawale Fasakin and the general secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Wada, promised to contribute positively to the resolution of pending problems by contributing the knowledge and experience of their members.
The duo in the statement made available to DAILY POST on Monday said: “We strongly recommend that the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, delay a little in their planned protest to allow the mediation steps proposed in this document to reach good term. We are confident that, with the aforementioned proposed mediation process, the end of the deadlock is near.
“ANUA, which attends as a stakeholder in matters related to university education in Nigeria, will contribute positively to the resolution of pending problems by contributing the knowledge and experience of its members. In their individual capacities, ANUA members have been contributing to the advancement of education in relevant institutions and we believe that we will be able to bring our collective wealth of experience when it comes to discussions between the government and ASUU. .
“We firmly believe that university education in Nigeria will be open to better stories to tell if the government, the unions in the universities and the alumni bodies in the universities work hand in hand.
“Therefore, our interest is largely in encouraging the two parties to find a mutually acceptable position to resolve outstanding issues. However, we will only be able to do that when we are physically present to make our presentations to the parties and at the same time witness the interactions between the two sides and observe first-hand the point of view and the border lines of each side.
“In consequence of the foregoing, again, we humbly request that you allow our team led by our President, the Secretary General and the Legal Officer (or as you prefer), to attend the next round of negotiations between the government and ASUU. “