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Pyrates berate FG over ASUU strike, decry state of education

By Ngozi Egenuka
11 September 2022   |   4:00 am
Members of the National Association of Seadogs (NAS) popularly known as Pyrates Confraternity have lamented the state of education in the country, especially at the tertiary level, where they expressed sadness over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

L-R; Member, National Association of Seadogs, Nuchenna Nnoli; Member, Steve Akhigbemidu; Capoon, National Association of Seadogs, Abiola Owoaje; other members, Tunde Makanju and Jobi Taiwo during the unveiling of the Logo for the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the National Association of Seadogs in Lagos yesterday. Photo: Temitope Aina

•Kicks Off 70th Anniversary Celebrations 
Members of the National Association of Seadogs (NAS) popularly known as Pyrates Confraternity have lamented the state of education in the country, especially at the tertiary level, where they expressed sadness over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

They made their position known at the unveiling of the logo and theme of the 70th-anniversary celebration of the association, in Lagos, over the weekend.

According to Capoon of the NAS, Abiola Owoaje, “It beggars belief that a government can be so indifferent to what becomes of largely youthful demography that is the most populous in the continent.

“As we celebrate, we shall also use the period, especially as we inch closer to the 2023 elections, to continue our push for a just society where no one would be a victim of colour, gender, or creed. We shall through our celebrations join Nigerians to demand free, fair, and credible elections in 2023. This would be the most fitting climax of the celebration of our 70th anniversary.”

Owoaje stated that in the 70 years of the existence of the association, the members have contributed significantly to national development, noting that the unveiling of the 70th-anniversary logo kick-starts the series of celebrations that would run for the next couple of months.

“It was our organisation, in 1986, through a painstaking investigation wholly undertaken by our members that uncovered the pervasive corruption that had bedevilled operations at the Lagos/Ibadan expressway tollgate. One of the recommendations of that investigation was the privatisation of the toll gates, but this was not implemented until many years later.

He further informed that since the inception of NAS Medical Mission in 2010, it has held 50 free medical missions across the country, which were targeted at rural communities to bridge the gap of inadequate healthcare delivery and to bring succour to many disadvantaged citizens.