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Alumni endowment fund to assist lecturers

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By Akintola Timothy

Babasola urges alumni associations to step up and improve education ambience.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities have continually embarked on nationwide strikes as a result of the failed promises of the Nigerian government at meeting the demands of the academic union. In fact, reports indicate that over a span of 23 years, there had been 16 academic strikes, including the recently concluded 8 months academic strike. The recurrence in these strike actions indicate the complacency of the past and present government at reaching the needs of the academic union.

Recently concluded industrial strike which commenced as a four-week warning strike, on the 14th of February and lasted over 8 months had immensely affected students in federal institutions, catalyzed immense frustrations from the general public. Upon numerous rounds of negotiations between both parties which led to the resumption of these tertiary institutions, the Academic Union have in different statements, indicated the failures of the Federal Government at working towards achieving their demands of a better educational ambience.

Babasola urged for the establishment of an Alumnus Endowment Fund.

On this prevalent issue of academic strike, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Alumni recently suggested the establishment of an Alumni Endowment Fund, in a bid to curb the recurring problem of the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ industrial strikes. Mr. Adegboyega Babasola, a UNILAG Alumnus, at the recent celebration of the UNILAG Chemical Engineering 1997 Class’ 25th Anniversary, beseeched alumnus across the country and abroad to join in the quest for the establishment of an endowment fund.

Due to ASUU’s prevalent strike actions, he noted that it was necessary for the alumni association across every institution should step up as to improving the educational ambience of their institutions. He stated that in western countries, huge funds were invested into the Alumni Endowment Fund for funding their institutions. He stated that the Nigerian Alumni association across all institutions in the country should also establish the Alumni Endowment Fund to help the lecturers.

Non-alignment, a major obstacle affecting Nigeria’s education sector.

Mr. Babasola stated that despite the rich nature of education in Nigeria, the non-alignment with the sector was one significant obstacle that had ravaged the industry. He noted that education served a bigger purpose than mere reading and passing and as such, industry applications had to be taught as well. Noting the problem he faced, in regards industry applications, Mr. Babasola asserted that the industry and education should be juxtaposed. He said that research cases must also be well funded to enhance the understanding of application processes among students.

Another Alumnus, Dr. Pascal Ifeacho also expressed his profound pleasure and enthusiasm as to the idea of giving back to the institutions that had shaped them. He stated that it was a necessary step toward ensuring the improvement of the educational environment in the country. He also noted that this establishment would help the tertiary institutions with quality equipment for the understanding of applications. Dr. Pascal said that the unity in their class was an important factor that has helped them scale through.

Alumnus engaged students with entrepreneurship ideas and networking.

He also indicated that there was a pivotal reason to give back to the institution on their 25th reunion. As a part of the celebration, the set organized a career day, where students were engaged with entrepreneurship ideas and the opportunity to network. Dr. Tolu Ajayi, a senior lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department, UNILAG, however appreciated the efforts of these alumnus in giving back to the institution, wishing them the best in their life endeavors.


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jdpumping
Member
1 year ago

Wow this is a good idea because it’s an opportunity for the alumni to give back to the institution that have shaped them into what they are today and help bridged the gap with constant problem faced with the government at all times

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
1 year ago

Beautiful suggestions!

#Alumni Endowment Fund for funding their institutions
#Quality equipment for the understanding of applications
#Entrepreneurship ideas and the opportunity to network.
I’m in support of steps toward ensuring the improvement of the educational sector in the country. In my own view, we’re really lacking in the sector, anything that needs to be done to revive us should be done!

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
1 year ago

This initiative from the alumni association of chemical engineering department of 1997 is very good and it will really go a long way in curbing the continue strike because money donation will come from this to cater for the lecturers.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
1 year ago

This is why it’s very good to have alumnis. They will help in the fund raising for the school. This in turn alao helps the lecturers get enough funds. The school administration will also be able to fund the school well.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
1 year ago

Every alumni group must take the initiative to enhance the learning environment at their respective schools.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
1 year ago

It is imperative that the Nigerian Alumni Association, which represents graduates from all universities in the country, create an Alumni Endowment Fund to support faculty.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
1 year ago

The fact that these strike actions keep happening is evidence that both the previous and the current government are not making an effort to meet the demands of the academic union.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

Due to the Nigerian government’s repeated broken pledges to address the concerns of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the union’s members have repeatedly gone on strike across the country.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
1 year ago

The fact that these strike activities keep happening is evidence that both the previous and the current governments are not making sufficient efforts to meet the demands of the academic union.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
1 year ago

Despite the Federal Government’s repeated failure to meet the universities’ demands for a more conducive learning environment, multiple rounds of negotiations between both sides eventually resulted in the reopening of these postsecondary institutions.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
1 year ago

The widespread strike actions by ASUU meant that alumni associations everywhere needed to do more to enhance their schools’ learning environments.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 year ago

The Nigerian Alumni organization, which encompasses all educational institutions in the nation, ought to also form the Alumni Endowment Fund in order to support the lecturers.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

The regulation is important for a number of reasons, including the achievement of sustained excellence and the conformity to worldwide standards in the field of chemical technology and the development of chemical products.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
1 year ago

They plan to aid in the school’s fundraising efforts. This not only benefits the lecturers by providing them with adequate compensation, but also the school administration by allowing them to provide adequate funding for the institution.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
1 year ago

This is very good support from Alumni to assist lecturers. This support Will go a long way and also encourage them

DimOla
DimOla
Member
1 year ago

It has now come to this that Alumni endowment fund will be use to assist lecturers. This current Buhari led administration is making me to be extremely angry. The APC and the president the gave to us has completely failed this nation.

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

In their days they enjoyed free education but in this generation they want to deprive them of free education. Must it come to the level of generating funds through alumni to assist lectures? It is just an indication of a failed nation. God help us all .

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

This is the work and impact of having good alumni, they are trying to improve the education and assist in the fund of lecturers and with this it will surely improve the education

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
1 year ago

They had access to a free education back in their day, but now they want to take it away from the next generation. Do we have to resort to asking for money from former students in order to finance classroom instruction It’s a symptom of a country that’s already on the decline.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
1 year ago

This is why having alumni is a great idea. They will assist with school fundraising. Additionally, this aids in the funding of the lecturers. Additionally, the school’s management will have adequate funding.

theApr
theApr
Member
1 year ago

The Academic Union has indicated in various statements that the Federal Government has failed to make progress toward meeting their demands for a better educational environment following numerous rounds of negotiations between the two parties that resulted in the resumption of these tertiary institutions.