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Strike: Students appeal to Govt, ASUU

30 July 2013, 16:33

Osogbo -  Students in Osun have called on the Federal Government  and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU to resolve the issues which led to the current strike by university lecturers.

Many of the students, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday enjoined both parties to bury the hatchet for peace to reign.

Adewale Adejuyigbe, a final year student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,  said the incessant strike by ASUU had  elongated his stay in the university.

He said: “I am fed up with this strike action of ASUU.

“Each time they have one or two issues to settle with the Federal Government,  strike action should not be the only option.

"In a democratic setting, there are many available means of expressing your grievances other than total paralysis of the system at the expense of the students.

"I believe our lecturers know that their job goes beyond normal service for payment, it is indeed a service to humanity because education remains the light of the society.’’

Another student of the same university, Toriola Ibidun, lamented the level of decadence in the educational system, saying the strike action would further  aggravate  the situation.

He said the Federal Government must be sensitive to the importance of  the education sector, adding that all stakeholders must  work for peace in the universities.

Moradeyo Edun, a first year student of the University of Ibadan, condemned  ASUU's  strike option, describing  it as "callous and mean."

She said: "Can’t these people change their strategy; it is high time they realised that strike action is adversely affecting the students; it is the students that suffer most,  not the government.

"I am pleading with both ASUU and the Federal Government to quickly find a lasting solution to this strike  and allow us to face the future squarely.’’

A retired professor of  History  at the  University of Ado-Ekiti, Prof. Olatunde Ikumapayi, told NAN in a telephone interview that the educational system needed  total overhauling.

"We cannot continue to pretend that all is well when indeed there is a serious problem at hand, it will be catastrophic if we allow the situation to continue like this.

"I believe ASUU has taken it upon itself to call the Federal Government to order and that is the only way we can achieve a pleasant system,’’ he said.

 - NAN


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