Some undergraduate students in Nsukka, yesterday appealed to the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to shift grounds in order to resolve their issues. The students told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that they were tired of staying at home following the nationwide ASUU strike.
ASUU had embarked on the strike on November 4, 2018 over the Federal Government’s alleged inability to fulfill the agreements signed with the union in 2009. Charles Odoko from the Department of Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, urged relevant stakeholders in the country to intervene and prevail on ASUU and government to reach a compromise so that the strike would be called off.
“I am pleading with the relevant stakeholders in the country to intervene and end the ongoing industrial action by university lecturers in the interest of students. “I am also pleading with the government and the lecturers to resolve their issues; I am tired of staying at home.
I want to go back to school this January. “The government should urgently meet the demands of ASUU as the constant strikes by lecturers are affecting the quality of tertiary education in the country,” he said. Jane Ukaegbu, of the Department of Political Science at the University of Lagos, said that government and ASUU should consider the future of students and place that above other interests by resolving the dispute.
“The government should always try to give priority to issues concerning education since the level of development of any country is anchored on quality education.