Following the ongoing strike in Nigerian public institutions, the students’ union and a large portion of the student body of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti converged at the federal road leading to the University main gate on Monday the 28th of February 2022 to express their grievances on the negotiation between Federal government (FG) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU).
This was the response to a circular shared to all public institutions by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to announce a national action against the ASUU strike.
According to the circular, “Monday 28th February 2022 is hereby declared as ‘National Action Day Against ASUU Incessant Strike’ tagged #EndAsuuStrikePermanentlyNow.”
Furthermore, it was highlighted that it is only students that get nothing but a waste of everything. The house rent is non-refundable, age count is irreversible and elongation of stipulated years in Nigerian institutions does not only affect students academically but it destabilises life plans as many miss the NYSC mobilisation due to age limit.
Kayode Arogundade, the ASUU Chairman of the Ekiti State University, said in an interview that it is high time the students took their destiny into their hands by challenging both the Federal government and ASUU with a view that ensures ASUU gets their rights from the Federal government.
Speaking to Olanrewaju Felix, the NANS Chairman of the Ekiti Axis, he said: “The demonstration we had today is enough to send a signal to all concerned quarters that Nigerian Students will not fold hands to allow FG/ASSU to use our future as a negotiation brand. What we are here to do today is a consultation demonstration to just make an awareness.”
“If they do not end this strike and continually use our life as a negotiation brand to cause unnecessarily strike, we would come again and use our power as students to mobilise the entire Nigerian students again, and shut down all the Federal Roads in Ekiti State, and all other states in Nigeria to ensure ASUU strike is cancelled permanently.”
“However, for now, we are pleading with FG/ASUU to have a round-table discussion and put an end to the incessant strike,” he said.
The Students Union President of Ekiti State University, Alade Emmanuel, pleaded in an interview to the general public that FG/ASSU should consider the aftermath of strikes on students and reach level ground to end strikes in Nigerian Universities.
Going further, he said: “We are the most affected ones after their game, therefore, we’re pleading to FG/ASUU to learn to respect agreements and ensure we enjoy a quality educational system in Nigeria.”
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