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AASU president urges policy reforms for Africa

By Lincoln G. Peters

The president of the All Africa Students Union (AASU), Mr. Varney Alieu Jarsey has urged African leaders and volunteers across the continent to redirect their advocacy to important policy reforms.

Hs stated that education and individual empowerment hold the key to unlocking Africa’s full potential.

On Wednesday, 7 February 2024, the president of AASU Varney Alieu Jarsey officially opened his office in Monrovia. 

AASU is a continental organization founded in 1972 to champion the interest of African students.

Mr. Jarsey, delivering his presidential message and outlined his strategic work plan and agenda for 2024 during the official opening of his office in Liberia.

“To sustain and consolidate our gains over the years, I urge all members and stakeholders to take bold action in their communities, from volunteering to advocating for important policy reforms.”

“Every effort counts, and together we can make a real difference in the lives of millions,” he noted.

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The young Liberian scholar further indicated that at the heart of AASU work lies the belief that education and individual empowerment hold the key to unlocking Africa’s full potential. 

“Our empowered African Students are our greatest asset, and we must use all our talents and resources to create a strong, and more sustainable future for all,” he noted.

Mr. Jarsey was declared winner by the Electoral Commission of AASU and sworn in after defeating his rival, Osisiogu Osikenyi Igwe of Nigeria.

The Liberian national was elected AASU president in December 2021 in Kibi, Ghana. The tedious congress was attended by 38 countries in Africa, 19 in attendance physically while the rest joined online.

Varney is an astute student leader and a committed freedom fighter who has continually championed the interests of youths and students in Liberia and the African continent.

Varney is the former president of the Liberia National Students’ Union (LINSU) and the immediate past Vice President of the West African Region of the AASU. 

In his position as Vice President of the West African Region of the AASU, he led the ASYS Planning Committee which organised AASU’s highly successful 7th Africa Students and Youth Summit between 24th and 28th July 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.

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