With the Nigerian Students on a long term break induced by the industrial actions embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU, coupled by the advent of the Coronavirus disease.
Nigerian students has since being perturbed and perplexed on the academic standard of Nigeria with what might be seen as negligence from the government.
This claim isn’t fabricated but evident by the peaceful protest by the National Association of Nigeria University, NAUS, and subsequently by National Association of Nigeria Students, NANS, Osun State Axis.
If we’re to believe that these agitations were going to yield a positive result and prompt reopening of schools after the COVID-19 induced closure, ASUU strike is still a barricade.
This has lowered the morale of most Nigerian students, most especially on the issues relating to schools’ resumption.
Speaking on the strike on Monday morning, the leadership of ASUU has implored Nigeria students for their full cooperation as to their demand from the federal government.
In a statement made available on their Twitter page on Monday morning, ASUU made it clear that their agitations and demand from the federal government is not of selfish interest but for a more standard academic activities in Nigeria university education system.
ASUU wrote; “Students who are our children and partners in progress should show understanding, what we are asking from the government are in their interest and the interest of the nation, good hostel accommodation, good classroom blocks that can engender effective learning, laboratories where cutting edge research can be carried out and offices that can drive the process of quality university education.”
ASUU therefore solicit for the support of students nationwide in order to achieve and obtain their demands.
The body initially embarked on a 2-week warning strike in March for the federal government to attend to them, on calling off the strike, the federal government declared all institute of learning closed as a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
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However, despite the closure of the institute of learning in Nigeria, ASUU declared an indefinite strike to be called off when the Federal government attends to them.
Several efforts has since been made for the federal government to reopen schools for academic activities to resume, but the only obstacle on the way, even if the government give order to reopen school, is ASUU who still remain on their indefinite industrial action.
Photo Credit: Official ASUU Twitter page.
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