The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has again come out to threaten total strike in the Nigerian Universities, this time indefinite. They cited insincerity of Federal Government over agreement it signed with the union on development of Nigerian Universities.
On Thursday, TrueBlueReporters visited a university campus, University of Port Harcourt, Uniport to sample students opinion on the planned strike. Our reporters met on ground crowd of students on campus getting involved in different academic works, despite the fact that some where seen with friends as they gist matters of concern and claimed to be less busy for the moment.
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A student of Microbiology, Miss Beauty Agbovu told our reporters that the planned strike by ASUU is not only going to be a setback, but annoying. According to her,
“I am totally against the planned ASUU strike. It will not only be a set back to the completion of my academic career, it is also very annoying holding the fact that they’ve gone on same strike in several occasions with little or nothing to show for but set back on students”
Others who reacted frowned at the planned strike but pleaded with ASUU and Federal Government to come to terms and save them from career delay. Some states that experiences previous strikes isn’t worth repeating for any serious student.
However, others supported the planned strike by ASUU. They frowned at Nigeria’s education system, saying it ought to have passed this level with the amount of money in the country. They disagreed with federal government that there’s no money and questioned the rational for withholding fund for the betterment of the country’s education system.
Efforts to get the Vice Chancellor of Uniport, Prof. Georgewill Onwunari speak on the ASUU planned strike proved abortive as he was not on seat as at the time of filling this report. Some of the lecturers also declined speaking on the matter as they claim not to have such mandate of addressing newsmen on the planned ASUU Strike.
It is believed that ASUU and Federal Government will come to terms as a way of saving Nigeria University Education system from collapse and find better ways of settling issues without strike option