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ASUU: Students vow to protest against strike, support union’s demands for improved funding

*The government irresponsibility is the reason for poor state of education in Nigeria, say student leaders

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Having stayed away from lecture halls without access to education like their counterparts in private universities at home and overseas, Nigerian Students in Federal Universities have declared their intention to take to the streets in protest if the President Muhammadu Buhari administration refuses to heed the demands of University lecturers currently on an eight-month strike.

It is recalled that since March 2020, Nigerian students have remained at home without access to education like their counterparts in private universities and those studying outside the country.

The development in the country’s university system has infuriated several students, who say they will come out en masse to protest if something is not done about the situation, said SaharaReporters.

Soneye Abdul-Azeez, Students’ Union President of Tai Solarin University of Education, in Ogun State, said the funding demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities were valid and must be met by the Nigerian Government.

The students’ leader said: “Our union is strongly in tandem with ASUU. ASUU demands are genuinely in the interest of public education. So we cannot separate ASUU demands from our demands as students.

“The government irresponsibility is the reason for the poor state of education.

“We will be embarking on mass action in our respective zones.”

Abdul-Azeez stated: “And our demands are simple, that all the demands of ASUU must be met.

“These border on the issue of revitalisation fund, academic allowances for the lecturers, the NEED Assessments and every other demand in the 2009 and 2013 MoU.”

Kanke Musa, a student of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), said she would join any protest that ensured she returned to school.

She stated: “I support the protest as long as others are ready. This is the second strike since I gained admission and I have already lost one year.

“What I think is that ASUU, and the government are very wicked because if not, I know their children don’t go to the type of schools so that is why they don’t care at all.

“We are ready to resume anytime they call it off.”

Already, momentum is gathering on Twitter towards mobilisation for the protest, according to report.

Certain Festus Ogun wrote via his Twitter handle: “ASUU Strike Protest Will Hold In Lagos!

“For eight months, university students have been languishing at home because of an avoidable strike.

“FG cannot continue to endanger our future and expect us to be quiet. We’ve started organising and mobilising. We are relocating to the street.”

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