It’s been two weeks and more since the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on a one-month warning strike. Academic calendars have been suspended and students are back at home.
While representatives of ASUU and Federal government are at the table again, negotiating, we decided to ask some Nigerian students what they think about the ASUU-FGN Saga and how they are making the most of the strike.
Tunde— 500L FUTMINNA
I think we the students are just suffering unnecessarily in the hands of ASUU and FGN. The duo has been at loggerheads on proper funding of public institutions and other issues for a long time and I think FGN is doing no good by playing cards with the future of young Nigerians. It’s a shame that a course of 5 years would take a student 7 years.
Well, I planned for it since I have been hearing the storm. At least, I am working on my final project and it’s been great. I am also working on my career. It’s opened doors. I am making good use of the strike and I am advancing in my career. At least, I have done 4 MOOCs in 2 weeks and I hope to add more before the warning strike ends.
It’s been a tough time, but I have done a lot too. It’s not a waste of time to me and I’d implore other students to make use of the remaining days of the warning strike.
Moyo— 300l UI
Nigeria is just fucking crazy. ASUU will always be right cos those people are suffering. A lot of those lecturers you see are fucking broke. If you go abroad, you will understand better.
1.3 trillion is never too much to ask for. Nothing is impossible in Nigeria when it comes to funds in Nigeria’s government. However, I don’t support paying it at once too. It’s too much but they have it. Instead, the government should give them feasible periods to pay the whole money.
But shaaaa…I’ve been really productive (at least I’m 10xing my efforts). I have a lot of things on my table to handle apart from Software Testing. Regarding my field of study, I’ve been able to secure two contracts abroad.
So, all the best for ASUU and the Federal Government o😂.
Moses— 300l UNIBEN
The Federal Government should pay once. It will show commitment on their part, unlike previous administrations. Also, it will surely put an end to incessant strikes.
However, as a medical student, I have been using the ASUU strike to cover all outstanding course content. I’m also using it to catch up on other areas of life that have been neglected for so long. For me, it’s a blend of more commitment to studying and relaxation.
The strike is never a waste. I’m making the most of it.
Chidubem— 300l UI
It’s not a waste of time at all. Although it’s sad that our education has been put on hold, it’s an open cheque to exploration.
This strike has been productive, very productive. I started learning how to play the keyboard, I’m into content writing and development, I’ve been able to attend some interesting and educating webinars, etc. I did not even open anything related to my course abeg.
So yeah, it’s not a waste of time. It’s a season to make the best use of time before school activities start eating up your time.
Drey— 300l FUNAAB
Personally, for me, I don’t see this period as a waste of time. Just like the covid era, I leveraged on the lockdown to learn a skill I could never have imagined I’d learn. And, yes I can tell you, It did help me.
Albeit, I want us to resume, but if we don’t, it’s another opportunity to learn something. Like me, I’m reading more books and investing much time in writing.
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