GIST OF THE DAY: ASUU Strike: Students Decry Disruption of Academic Calendar

University lecturers have come under criticism from
their students, who accused them of unduly prolonging
their studies by embarking on strikes that disrupt the
academic calendar.
Consequency, the National Association of Nigerian
University Students (NANUS) appealed to the Academic
Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its
ongoing strike to safeguard the future of the students.
It said in a statement Sunday, that the gains of the
strikes by the union over the years have never been
felt by the students and urged the union to rethink the
strategy of employing strike as a tool to force
government to meet its demands.
According to the group, ASUU and other unions in the
sector, even though they claim to demand better
learning conditions for students, have never consulted
with any student body or representative group before
embarking on strike.
The statement, which was signed by NANUS National
President, Mr. Peter Asuquo, lamented the fate of
students, who have become trading bonds in the
hands of the government and the union in the course
of their negotiations.
“For all the strikes embarked upon by ASUU in the past
10 years with students being at the receiving end, we
have not felt any direct beneficial impact on our part
as students save for the spoils that accrue to the
“We throw the challenge at the striking lecturers to
forfeit their salaries in the course of strikes to balance
the pains students feel, for whilst the federal
government goes about its business unaltered, ASUU
members who are on strike still receive their salaries
for idling away at home,” the statement said.
The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS)
last week had also appealed to ASUU to sheathe its
sword and pity the students who have had to spend up
to seven years studying for a four-year course.

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