…As Buhari heads to France for peace forum***
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has appealed to the Federal Government to explore means of solving the current strike of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
It would be recalled that ASUU national leadership declared a nationwide strike on Sunday after noting that the Federal Government failed to implement agreement reached with the union several years running.
The plea was contained in a statement signed by the National Public Relations Officer, Mr Bestman Okereafor, on Friday in Enugu.
Okereafor also urged the Federal Government to look into the demands of some Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) chapters still on strike.
“NANS is finally calling on the Federal Government to look at means of resolving its differences with ASUU and COEASU members.
“We appeal that government go into resolving the issue urgently in the best interest of all Nigerian students.
“This should be done without further delay so that the ongoing strike will not affect the academic calendar of the institutions,’’ he said.
According to him, NANS is already widely consulting with major stakeholders in the education sector about our next step of action on this matter.
In a related development, Okereafor said that NANS said it would still hold its `National Day of Mourning’ in commemoration of the 2018 International Students’ Day.
The International Students’ Day is celebrated every Nov.17.
In the meantime, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Friday for Paris, France, to participate in the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum.
“President Muhammadu Buhari departs Abuja Friday for Paris, France to participate in the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum, November 11-13, 2018,” Buhari’s spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement on Friday.
“The Nigerian President will join the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and other world leaders in discussing contributions towards global peace while underscoring the imperative of collective action,” he added.
The President will be accompanied to Paris by three state governors Aminu Masari, Willie Obiano and Kayode Fayemi of Katsina, Anambra and Ekiti states, respectively, among others.
Adesina further stated the forum which was organised by the French government and a number of non-governmental organisations is based on the “simple idea that international cooperation is key to tackling global challenges and ensuring durable peace.”
Buhari will also join the United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, and other world leaders in discussing contributions towards global peace while underscoring the imperative of collective action.
“While in Paris, President Buhari will also join other world leaders to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Armistice signed on November 11, 1918 between the Allied Forces and Germany in the forest of Compiegne in France to end the First World War,” Adesina said.
“Before returning to Abuja, the President and his delegation will have an interactive session with the Nigerian community in France,” he noted.
The Paris Peace Forum will be centred on five themes: peace and security, the environment, development, digital and new technologies and the inclusive economy.
Additional report from Guardian NG