ASUU strike: Who is to blame?

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X (1925-1965).

Anyone who is familiar with the lingering strike in our public universities nationwide will sympathise with students. It is now clear that students understand the government’s negligence and I don’t care attitude towards the education sector because none of their sons and daughters goes to public universities.

The government that should do the needful regarding the strike is showing lackadaisical attitude towards it as if education system is in normal state. However, the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has become immaterial and taken the back seat in governmental affairs.

The government is more concerned with with political affairs than returning the students to their classes It’s unfortunate that the issue of ASUU strike has become a secondary matter to the government in national affairs. Sad.

The dreams of public universities students have been shattered by the strike, a graduation period of millions of students has been extended to another subsequent year(s) (I do not pray for that occurrence).

It’s a herculean task for a public university student to graduate at the stipulated period allocated for his or her studies, almost every student’s ID card graduated before him or her.

The victims (students) of ASUU strike have lost hope in learning and scholarship. They have shifted their focus from education to other activities such as businesses and learning skills to build their lives since the government has failed to secure their future.

The statistics of students called-up for the National Youth Service Scheme, NYSC, in the camps nationwide is disheartening compared to when public universities are not on strike.

The NYSC camps are filled with HND students, students from universities abroad, students from private universities in Nigeria and students from affiliated universities (FCE/CEO/polytechnic graduates).

There may be hope of meeting the ASUU demands soon (I pray) because I know the Nigerian politicians and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will need serving corps members to work for them in the 2023 general elections. So, if the strike is not called off the current corps members are not sufficient for the elections tasks because they are few in number.

The (our) striking lectures are not the problem but the government. May Allah put an end to this strike menace, smin.

Aliyu Idris,
Bayero University, Kano [email protected]

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