ASUU Strike: Citizens Lament Grounded Businesses, Academic Activities

One of the items of the sustainable development goals is access to quality education.

In Nigeria at present however , over  7 months ASUU strike has destabilized the school’s academic calendar and also crippled business activities around varsities.

The 7months plus strike did not only affect business activities, academic calendar has been destabilized for the past few months.  

According to a business owner around the Federal University of Technology FUTA  Akure Mrs Oluwakemi Sanya said she suffered a monumental loss  with the ongoing strike with about  50% low sales of her goods.

Another trader, Mrs Bola Akomolafe said many business areas on campuses had grown bushes, even as edible products worth millions of naira had been destroyed due to the unending strike.

Stories of students were quite different from the scenario portrayed by the business owners as the students claimed they diverted their energies into profitable or worthwhile ventures as revealed by  a 200 level political science student of the university of Ibadan ,Abdul Rahman Adebayo.

“I currently work as freelance reporter since the ASUU strike 7months ago,it is so pathetic that tertiary institutions can be shut when there is no pandemic or war Abdulraham Adebayo said “

Similarly ,his countertpart in the Usman Dan fodio University sokoto ,Abdul malik sufurullaahi said that the strike was  affecting his mental health  considering the fact this education had now been put on hold as a final year student 

A visually impaired young man ,Oyediran Emmanuel from the university of Lagos  disclosed that he had engaged as volunteer to civil society organisations  to keep body and  soul  together .

Other students who spoke Oluwatuase Olatomiwa of the Olusegun Agagu university of science and technology Okitipupa,Ondo state ,Alofe Faith ,Obafemi Awolowo university Ile Ife ,Ewuje precious and peace oladipo of the federal university Oye Ekiti  however called for a compromise between government and ASUU for the schools to reopen for the future of the nations education system.

In a submission ,a university lecturer , Dr Gbenga Abimbola expressed displeasure with the poor handling of university education by government due to poor and outdated policies that endanger the country’s education system.

Dr Abimbola called for a synergy between government and ASUU to put an end to the ongoing strike.

Olufisoye Akinola

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