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The Christ Livingspring Apostolic Ministry, Lagos, has set up a non-political platform, ‘Back to School Intervention Fund’ to support the Federal Government in resolving the problems bedevilling the education sector.

The Senior Pastor of CLAM, Wole Oladiyun, during a press conference on Friday, said that the time had come for well-meaning Nigerians at home and abroad to show concern for the plight of the students whose future was being threatened by the continuous closure of universities.

Oladiyun, speaking on the state of Academic Staff Union of Universities’ strike, said, “ASUU has been on strike for eight months and students have been forced to stay at home and 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.”

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He stated that the intervention project would not be handled by himself or the church, rather, it would contact financial consulting firms like the KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Akintola Williams Firms, amongst others to help in actualising the project, saying other trusted individuals would be part of the panel set up to interface with the government.

Oladiyun also called on financial institutions, Oil and Gas Industry operators, manufacturing companies, religious institutions and all members of the organised private sector to come together to make  the initiative a reality, adding that as a matter of urgency, students needed to resume back to school as soon as possible.

“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 Organised 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 also be calling on members of the National Assembly, governors, and all 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,” Oladiyun said.

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