The Back to School Intervention Fund was established by the Christ Livingspring Apostolic Ministry in Lagos as a non-partisan platform to assist the Federal Government in addressing the issues plaguing (ASUU strike) the education system.
At a press conference on Friday, Christ Livingspring Apostolic Ministry Senior Pastor, Wole Oladiyun, stated that the time had come for well-meaning Nigerians both at home and abroad to express concern for the situation of the students whose future was being jeopardized by the ongoing closure of universities.
When discussing the status of the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Oladiyun remarked, “ASUU has been on strike for eight months and students have been forced to stay at home. Efforts to resolve the strike actions have been abortive. ”
“We cannot continue to blame any of the parties involved.” Rather, CLAM has decided to spearhead the involvement of the country’s education stakeholders to show concern for the plight of Nigerian students whose future is being threatened as a result of the continuous strike action and closure of universities.
The project would be managed by financial consulting companies including KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Akintola Williams Firms, among others, according to CLAM’s Senior Pastor, Wole Oladiyun.
In addition, Oladiyun urged all members of the organized private sector—including financial institutions, oil and gas industry operators, manufacturers, religious organizations, and other organizations—to work together to make the initiative a reality. He also stressed that students needed to return to class as soon as possible.
In his words,
“We will run a very transparent process and ensure that there is accountability. That is why we are not doing it alone. Let me use this opportunity to humbly invite churches, mosques, financial institutions, oil and gas industry operators, manufacturing companies, and all members of the organized private sector to join us on this rescue mission. This is a “Save Our Soul” mission, an emergency that requires timely, measured, and sustainable remedial strategies.
“We are also appealing to Nigerians in the Diaspora to join us in contributing to the fund.”
“We will be calling on members of the National Assembly, governors, and all other categories of political office holders to be ready to make sacrifices in terms of contributing a part of their salaries and allowances to this fund. We are all in this together.
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