Students Slam Federal Government Over Ongoing ASUU Strike

Students of Nasarawa State University (NSU) in Keffi have expressed concern over the government’s unwillingness to honour the 2009 agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

A 300-Level student of Political Science, Moses Ndung, blamed the Federal Government for the ongoing ASUU strike.

He said: “I think it is morally wrong for the government to have reneged on its promise. No amount of investment in education is too much. The government should play their part of the bargain so that Nigerian students can return to their classrooms. “

For Faruk Tanko, 100-Level English, the Federal Government seems to be inconsiderate of the plight of students. She said: “I am a fresher in this institution and it’s been a catalogue of crisis for us here since January. Earlier in the year, there was a protest, which led to the temporary closure of the university. Later, ASUU downed their tools and we were sent home. Now, it is another tale of industrial action. This is unbecoming of a so-called transformational administration. it is a bad precedent for us as new students. Education is a right that the government owes all of us as citizens and I wonder why they are paying lip services to it. We are tired of continue staying at home, they should meet ASUU demands to guarantee our resumption.”

A final year student of Economics Education, Haliru Yusha’u, said: “ASUU has been patient enough. The 26 per cent budgetary allocation to education as directed by UNESCO is a sin qua non if we must make progress in education. I am appealing to the Federal Government to have a rethink and meet the demands of the striking lecturers.”