Written by on May 11, 2022

-Steve Ovirih

Reactions have continued to trail the extended industrial action by members of The Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU following the announcement of a 12-week extension of the strike on Monday, 9th May, 2022.

On a tune – in programme held on Awawa 94.1 Fm earlier this morning to assess the reactions of the people concerning the ongoing strike by ASUU, several callers who are representatives of the affected parties such as students, Parents and lecturers expressed their dissatisfaction on the ongoing strike and how it has affected their respective interests.

Mrs. Akinnagbe Iyabo and Mrs Sherifat Adigun representative of the parent body noted that the strike weighed on them as parents in their efforts to see their children educated and become focused on the future and the halt in the education process currently going on in the country posed a serious threat to the future of their wards. They however pleaded with the federal government to attend to the demands of ASUU so as to see education restored back to normalcy in the ivory towers, saying that ‘standard education is the future of any nation’

Dr. Owobo Paul, a lecturer in OAUSTECH and a member of ASUU explained during programme that the extension of the strike by ASUU was in fact not a malicious move towards anybody, especially students, Instead, all that the union is asking for is a revitalization of the education system in Nigeria. He however frowned at the neglect on the part of the federal government to attend to their attempt to resolve the issues as soon as possible.

In the same vein, Ayejusunle Mary, a student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, who also participated in the programme expressed her dissatisfaction on the shut down of schools all over the country, saying that it had adverse effects on the commitment of the students towards their education. She explained that the inconsistency in the system of education in Nigeria is gradually becoming a norm and such must not be allowed to be sustained as a trend.

She however advised students to spend this time they unfortunately have on their hands to do something worthwhile for themselves.

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