Hello all, I have had to chill a bit (posting important and confirmed news only) as my Oga(s) at the top have almost turned me into a liar – jus doin us as dem wish. God dey. I still promise them a legal battle after the strike…
On the matter, to all those that got their hopes high, I’m sorry. I’m as anxious as you people sef (But una dey para o).
In the meantime, I’ve received so many mails as to how the strike has affected students and to my surprise everybody (I’m talking about those that wrote to me) wants to go back to the classroom.
Here are some of the mails I got over the weekend concerning this strike.
Due to repetition of points, I have picked out 3 and I have tried to keep their replies as original as possible;
“The two parties are to blame: The Federal Government and The Academic Staff Union Of Universities, these two do not seem to understand that by allowing the strike to go on, they are causing more problems for the country that is already in deep soup. The traders in the universities and its environs contribute a great quota to the countries economy, think am lying? We have an average of 50 traders in most Nigerian universities, multiply this by the number of public universities we have in Nigeria and you will see am very correct, this traders haven’t made good sales for abt 4 months now, because the students who represent the highest percentage of their customer base are sitting joblessly and wasting at home!”–BRAIMOH Oluwatobi – FUNAAB, Abeokuta
“ASUU strike has affected me both negatively and positively, negatively in the sense that I have kinda lost the zeal for reading, and positively in the sense that I have had time to do other things like my music and also learning my graphics. I really miss school. I really miss the school stress. I miss everything.”–CHINEKE Ifeanyi (UNN, Nsukka)
“Just like yesterday almost 5months ago, we were in the hostel, Elkanemi hall to be precise, when a roomie brought d News of d strike to us,with initial thots of of the news being bogus – not until about 3 people confirmed it. I was not bothered cos I was thinking, dat d strike ‘ll be over in a week or two, not knowing d strike ‘ll linger 4 dis long.
Now to how d strike has affected me, to me I’ll say its been 70% blessing nd 30% burden, 70% blessing in d sense dat d strike afforded me d opportunity to get a well paying Job, and on d other hand a burden cos it has slowed down my Education. Most of my colleagues and friends have engaged themselves in one lucrative thing or the other, I have a friend dat has gone into Photography and another 1 into acting.
In conclusion, this strike has been a blessing in disguise, for me in particular – some of my colleagues are bored @ home and would give anything 4 dis strike to be over.
But seriously FG nd ASUU must resolve dis issue fast, make dem do normal o 8-| …Merry Xmas in Advance everyone.”–OLUTAYO ABULUDE, 200L LAW STUDENT UNILAG
So the strike is going into its sixth month, what have you done with the time you’ve had, how have you engaged yourself to pass time, has the strike had a good or bad effect on you besides having your education in a standstill? If you were part of ASUU or FG what would you do considering all issues faced?
You post your comments below (on the effects of the strike on you) and if you have other subjects you’d like us to research on, do send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.