University Students Cry Out To ASUU And The Federal Government To End The Strike, As They No Longer Have Money For School Fees And Accomodation

Some University Students in the country, have appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to consider the future of the suffering Students, and resume work in their various Institutions, Page 36 learnt.

Some of the Students who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Enugu, expressed worries, and lamented as they appealed for the suspension of the prolonged ASUU strike.

The Students said that they are tired and frustrated, due to the time wasted without any academic achievement.

They stated that the strike would make them remain in the University more than necessary.

ASUU has been on strike since March 2020, over demands for more funding for public Universities, and renegotiation of the 2009 Federal Government/ASUU agreement.

A Law Student at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Augustine Azubike, said that he is appealing to the University Lecturers to consider the future of the Students, and return to work.

Azubike added that the incessant strike embarked upon by the Lecturers, is affecting the quality of University education in the country.

Another University Student, Ann Chukwu, of Linguistic Department, at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, expressed worry over the lingering strike, stating that, her private business, located within the University, has been static since the strike started.

“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 that the incessant strikes by public Universities’ workers have 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.

Joe Ezike of the Department of Psychology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, said that he is unhappy over the strike, as his 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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