So much written, much more said; the media is awash with it, even politicians try to gain cheap points from it. Much ado about ASUU and its biennial festival. Yes, the Federal Government somehow in 2009 inadvertently approved this periodic occasion where lecturers surreptitiously evict students from the campuses in other to have ample time to pally with top government officials in the guise of negotiations. Personally, if I were a lecturer, preparation for this “recess” will commence after a full (18 months) cycle of academic combat, for my portion of the national cake seem to be expressed in time.
Every Tom, Dike and Alice is conscious of how subsidy was impeached, values got assassinated and infrastructure was gruesomely slaughtered in our institutions of higher learning especially the Universities. That the government has once again reneged on an agreement it conscientiously consented to is no surprise, after all, “when a politician says yes, he means maybe; when he says maybe, he means no; and when he says no, he is no politician”. So as usual, they failed to terminate the production of crude and unprocessed students who are sent abroad for refining or refined locally in our “kpo – fire like” mangrove based universities. Consequently, they end up endangering our academic and by extension socio- economic environment.
Pathetic. So pathetic it is that “89 % of youth corpers cannot communicate in English," but worse is the reality that most graduates are bereft of the fabrics that underline their core disciplines. Our brazen reality is that communications graduates fail to communicate, a finance graduate views financial markets as “a place where people exchange lower denominations for higher ones”, I know accounting graduates who do not know the difference between assets and liabilities. This is how deep it is, but is government solely to blame for this rot? Are the lecturers totally extricated from this malaise? How about school managements, have they not in any way caused or exacerbated this dearth?
University of Port Harcourt please give us answers. Is ASUU blameless and totally devoid of guilt? Has the school management done well enough to absolve itself from guilt? Answer : NO, capital NO! They are all guilty, government, ASUU and school managements.ASUU has severally made reference to the dead state of the hostels in our campuses, but I beg to ask if Government is to blame for this in Uniport. Two years ago the hostel fee in the institution was inflated from N2 090 to N21 000. This policy was orchestrated by ASUU that forms the bulk of landlords around the school. It naturally created uproar amongst student which was quickly quelled by the school management with the explanation that the increment is geared toward the conversion of the hostels to “world class”. It is worthy to note that the state of these hostels has not changed after being renovated by the Rivers State Government to accommodate athletes during the Garden City Games a year earlier. Simply put, students pay for “world class” hostels, so why does ASUU want government to provide what students have paid for?
ASUU is compelling government to enhance the academic hardware, when they (ASUU) have failed to develop the requisite software. In the department of Accounting (UNIPORT) there are course mates who cannot prepare ledgers for simple transactions like “sold goods worth N5 000 on credit”. How can they when we have a certain “Ogbonna” who teaches (quantitative) accounting like a play where students are asked to read Acts and Scenes while he moderates.
Terminating his “Literature in Accounting” with an emphasis on his heavily plagiarised pamphlet-like “textbook." Dr. Anyanwu is a “Successful" superficial lecturer; a first class mathematics graduate that lectures quantitative courses in the Department of Business Management who has an unparalleled penchant for fair skinned creatures in skirts. Yes, he lectures well, but grading is based on the depth of ones pocket or ladies “kindness”.
Consider Ebere, an engineering graduate who even when armed with textbooks and other manuals, successive fails to balance simple accounts during lectures. His famous response to questions is “accounts don’t always balance”, but in reality his accounts never balance. I am certain that he is a round peg in a square hole. For EO Eton in the same department, there are twostages of examinations, the first holds in the hall for all, while the second which attracts at least a token of N10 000 holds in the comfort of one’s home for the select many.
Time and space will fail me to write on my department’s HOD, LC Micah whose simple operational principle is: no cash, no connection then, no success. However, this constraint will not impede me from dedicating some lines to Dr. Sanni in the Department of Finance and Banking; a feeble fellow who neither walks nor speaks coherently.
Not audible enough to be heard from a distance of a metre and concealed from prying external eyes, yet he remains a lecturer. Clearly, he lacks the physical and mental capacity to sustain academic rigour, but is allowed by ASUU to represent their miserable and pathetic membership. More so, as terrible as his situation is, he still belongs to the “sorting” class of lecturers, in fact, it was unravelled few years ago that he does not mark scripts of “non-compliant” students.
How then can ASUU claim to be clean when its membership is enmeshed in such a filthy situation that corrupts the academic software, by the way is it not softwares that collapse computer hardwares? How can lecturers absolve themselves?
In my (accounting) department, we have at least 16 lectures, but only 3 are indeed clean and competent, yet students have not embarked on any strike to protest the quality and attitude of lecturers. Personally, I am my lecturer, for I read and attend tutorials to know, yet, I am expected to “sort” in order to succeed. I take unaccredited courses like “literature in Accounting” and suffer stench from a bedridden lecturer without complains, yet lecturers have decided to delay my graduation as though their interest in my quality supersedes mine.
ASUU should go to equity with clean hands, stop this unnecessary strike and purge itself of the ills that are eating (the content) our education system from within and let us (students) deal with the government on the issue of the container (infrastructure).
Finally, I wish to state that six years ago there were neither faculty buildings nor strikes in UNIPORT, today there are for the faculties of Management Sciences, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Dentistry, Pharmacology, and more including construction of a law faculty yet ASUU has proceeded on a strike. Indeed, infrastructure in schools as it is nationally is a aproblem but the cause decay in our universities is ASUU.
* My identity is concealed in order to guarantee my graduation.
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