The Minister Of Labour And Productivity,
Fed. Ministry Of Labour And Productivity,
Request For Permission To Participate In The Negotiations Between The Federal Government of Nigeria And The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities.
The Association of Nigeria Universities Alumni, ANUA , which is the registered umbrella body for the Alumni Associations of universities in Nigeria, hereby expresses our readiness to participate in the next round of negotiation between government team and the Academic Staff Union of Universities in respect of the impasse that has led to the closure of Nigeria’s citadels of learning for the 9th month running and we hereby request your permission to be so invited to participate in the said negotiation.
ANUA, attending as a stake holder 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 the process of decision making. In their individual capacities, the members of ANUA have been contributing to the advancement of education in the our institutions and we believe we will be able to bring into application our collective wealth of experience in the matter on hand. It is our firm conviction that university education in Nigeria will be subject to more growth, if the government, trade unions in universities and alumni bodies of universities work hand-in-hand.
Therefore, our interest lies, strongly, in encouraging the two sides to find a mutually agreeable position in resolving outstanding issues. However, we will only be able to do that when we are physically present to make our presentations to the parties while also witnessing the interactions and note first hand the stand-point and the boarder lines of each side.
In line with the above; and in the true display of patriotism, we strongly appeal to 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. We are confident that, by the said proposed mediation process, the end to the impasse is nigh.
Sir, consequent upon the above, we, again, humbly, request that you permit our team led by our Chairman, the General Secretary and the Legal Officer, or as you may prefer, to attend the meeting.
We look forward to a positive response from your office in good time.
Alhaji Mohammed Sani Wada,
Dr Wale Fasakin,
The Minister of Education.
The Committee of Vice Chancellors in Nigeria.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS.