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Students worry as lecturers strike

It is over a week since the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) went on strike nationwide over inability of the Federal Government to meet up with the agreement it had with the union.

The union has said it opted for total, comprehensive and indefinite strike after exhausting all avenues to get government to fully implement the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement and the 2013 MoU.

ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, who formally declared the indefinite strike at a press conference in Abuja, said all meetings held with the Labour Minister and Minister of Education last week ended in a deadlock.

While the strike lingers, however, the students said they were missing their lectures which were vital to their learning.

The President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Chinonso Obasi, in a statement said, “The incessant strikes translate to the distortion of learning, unnecessary delays and waste of time in the completion of a course of study, risk to the students for having to travel back and forth and waste of non-available resources and pressure on the part of the parents and general loss to the economy.”

Abdullahi Doko, a Master’s student at the University of Maiduguri said after waiting for months to get his final project defense done, ASUU came up with a strike action, shattering his plans of getting things done on time.

He said, “This strike will cost me roughly N100,000. This is because I will be entering into a new session that will warrant me to pay another fee.”

He said that he joined the university in 2014 for the 18 months programme but he  is yet to finish.

Another student of University of Abuja who gave his name as John, said the strike came at the wrong time because students were preparing for examinations, adding that sending them home was going to affect their performance.

“If we stay at home now and get used to life at home it will be difficult to bounce back to write exams. I wish we are done with the exams then at least we can stay home till they resolve the issue to start a new semester,” he added.

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