President of academic staff union of universities

STUDENTS PLEAD WITH ASUU TO PUT AN END TO STRIKE

Some university students in Enugu state came out to plead with the Academic Staff Union of Universities to put the future of their students into consideration and call off the strike.

The students stated their frustration at having spent the greater part of the year at home without any academic achievement.

They also lamented that the strike is going to increase the amount of years they ought to spend in the university.

ASUU has been on strike since March 2020 over demands for more funding for public universities and renegotiation of the 2009 FG/ASUU agreement.

Others are outstanding earned academic allowances, the proliferation of universities by state governments, and the constitution of Visitation Panels to Federal Universities.

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A student of Law at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Augustine Azubike, said he was pleading to the university lecturers to consider the future of the students and to return to work.

Azubike added that the constant strike embarked upon by the lecturers was affecting the quality of university education in the country.

Another university student, Ann Chukwu, of Linguistic Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka expressed worry over the lingering strike, adding that her private business, located within the university, had been static since the strike started.

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“My business, which is within the university premises has been static since the lecturers embarked on strike and the business has been the source of income for my school and accommodation fees,” Ude lamented.

Daniel Onyekachukwu, a mechanical engineering student, from UNN, said the incessant strikes by public universities’ workers had altered the academic calendar and the students’ time of graduation.

“Our lecturers and government should consider students from poor families, whose parents are not financially buoyant enough to send their children and wards to private and foreign universities,” Onyekachukwu appealed.

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Another student, Joe Ezike of the Department of Psychology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka said he was sad over the strike as his house rent had expired.

“My anger over the strike is that the money I paid for my off-campus accommodation before the strike has expired without proper use of the room,” Ezike complained.

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