Church set up education fund to support FG

With the continuous closure of academic activities in the country due to the strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), a church in Lagos has unveiled a non-political scheme to assist the Federal Government in solving educational issues in the country.

Wole Oladiyun, the Senior Pastor of The Christ Livingspring Apostolic Ministry (CLAM), while unveiling the ‘Back to School Intervention Fund’ said, “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 are being threatened as a result of the continuous strike action and closure of universities.”

The cleric added that the intervention project will be handled by accounting firms like Akintola Williams Firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and KPMG, and not by the church or himself. More so, other individuals are expected to join in the interface with the government. He also urged other sectors to join in the initiative because they cannot do it alone.

Oladiyun continued, “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.”

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