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ASUU strike: Students react as lecturers set to resume

Trust Akharaiyi

The eight-month old strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on February 14 may be called off soonest.

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, a human right lawyer, Femi Falana and ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, have hinted that the prolonged strike would be called off.

This came after the Court of Appeal directed ASUU to call off its strike before its appeal on the injunction of the National Industrial Court is heard.

After meeting with the House of Reps Speaker this week, the ASUU President expressed optimism that the prolonged strike would be over soon, saying, “we have seen light at the end of the tunnel”.

Sources within ASUU have hinted that the union will hold congress today to decide on the strike, adding that there are offers from government.

One of the sources said, “our congress is tomorrow (today). We will then decide at each university level. So, the outcome of the congress will determine and our decision will be made public.

When asked about the indication that government would pay the eight-month salary owed during the strike, he answered, “we have not seen the offer from government by the end of the congress, we will know if it is true or not”.

Meanwhile, public university students have expressed mixed reactions that they will resume back to school soon.

While majority of them expressed delight, others were not satisfied with the new development based on reasons such as having to pay their house rents again and fear of their lecturers visiting their aggression on them.

The Hope gathered that some of the students have exploited the prolonged strike period to engage in productive economic activities such as drop-shipping, skill acquisition, affiliate marketing, among others.

A student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Omosusi Israel, said he was glad about the resumption and could not wait to return to school and continue with his study.

“Many months have gone to waste and now I get to resume and continue with my academic, even though the syllabus would be rushed and bulky now since a lot of time has been wasted during the strike,” he said.

A student of the Federal University of Technology, FUTA, Oluwakorede Koker stated that “everybody is relived that the strike will be called off since that is what we have been praying for”.

He, however, noted that majority of the students were worried about their house rents and other costs of returning back to school.

Another student of the school, Joseph Bamisaye said he was having mixed feelings regarding the strike being called off.

While saying he was glad to resume back to school, he expressed weariness as regards the heavy workload on the students for them to meet up with the disrupted academic calendar.

A student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Kayode Odeyemi  stated that “I am not happy about the strike being called off anytime soon. I am not prepared at all and there is no money right now to finance my preparation for school.

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