“ASUU Strike Paralyses Academic Activities At UI…” – Leadership Newspapers
“Academic activities at the University of Lagos were grounded on Tuesday in compliance with the directive…” – Vanguard Newspaper
“ASUU Strike: We Made An Offer, Waiting For Lecturers’ Response..” – Rufa’i – Leadership
“Senate intervenes as ASUU strike paralyses varsities” – The Nation
“Students of Kaduna state university have called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to..” ChannelsTV
So we are back where we never really left. That spot where educational institutions are made to halt all activities until “goferment do something consigning awa plight”. The typical state of the nation. Students back at home for God knows how long, idle minds will be given something sinister to ponder on, while idle hands will be given tools of distruction. Cult clashes will now occur in town and not within the school enviroment. Business temporarily closed for aristos.
Parents, pissed off yet again while lecturers are probably happy for the break. Well, ofcourse, a lot of students are glad for the time off. Football fields, game centres, beer parlours and clubs will witness high patronage this season.
But the big question is, Who is at fault? Is it ASUU whose being inconsiderate in starting these strikes or the government that refuses to comply with agreements that have been reached after series of closed-door meetings?
ASUU had stated that it would go on indefinite and comprehensive strike in order to prevail on government to sincerely and judiciously implement the 2009 agreement it freely entered into with the union.
It is also on record that Prof Ukachukwu Awuzie, the former national president of the union, had said after the last strike was called off that government will immediately stimulate the process with the sum of N1 billion and will build up the said amount to a yearly sum of N400 billion in the next three years even though the interventions will be based on identified prioritised needs.
We have money for Centinery City and other white elephant projects but money for the backbone of every nation, education, is not available. Na wa o. We have senate president going for Golf tournaments, president fighting with a governor, governors polarising themselves and taking sides all for selfish gains.
Nigerian youths are watching, helplessly as it were, waiting for one huge thunder to strike all of them down so we can make headway.