ASUU Strike!30 Days!How Far?

30 days ago, precisely 24th July, ASUU went on strike and as we speak SSANU and NASU have followed the same path. The case between these 3 bodies and the federal government have put students at home for the past 1 month, no wonder they say when two elephants fight, the grass suffers. In a battle where it is quite difficult to be neutral, I believe it is time Nigerians got talking.

I write this representing no body or organization but expressing my own personal opinion on the state of education in this country. I am in my final semester and if there is anybody that despise this strike it is me but I think I would not pull down a common good for my personal gratification, I would not pull down a fight that has the potential of positively affecting the learning environment that my children would ultimately be a part off.

I thought about which side to support in this crisis and I discovered that certainly it cannot be the federal government, I definitely will not support a federal government that has been lying to the general Nigerian populace for the past 4 weeks, first they said they have met 3 of the 4 requests of ASUU – it was a lie, then they said they have set aside #20.6 billion for ASUU , that also had no ground, then they said IAP( industrial arbitration panel) gave an order that the strike be called off, guys I am still at home, definitely I won’t support a federal government that had its education minister spend millions on a party in the midst of an educational crisis, I won’t support a government that approved #8.3billion for the upgrade of cameras for the under 17 world cup when new ones would cost #6billion, I sure will not support a government (quoting Akpan of Newswatch) that made 18 agreements with ASUU between 1981-2005 and implemented none, a government that allocated #1.3 trillion to settle political office holders in salary and allowances and cannot grant a whole education sector #23.4billion (one third of #76billion), I sure will not support a deaf and dumb government that do not hear the cry of teachers, students, parents and Nigerians.

I don’t know but I doubt if the government actually know the state of education in this country, I am a student and I go to class daily, the system is warped. The same things that were thought in the 70’s and 80’s are still been taught, my department cannot boast of a working 21st century furnace and yet it’s a vital requirement of the course I am studying, students stand and even peep through the window to listen to lecture, bathroom and toilet in the hostel is another story entirely, Covenant university which is a private university recently purchased equipments worth $1 billion and the whole federal university in Nigeria put together cannot boast of that, i thought our president was a lecturer. Lets us not even try to check out the state of public primary and secondary school or else.

Again, I would have thought NANS would respond in a proper manner to this crisis but OMG I was absolutely disappointed reading that the senate president in the person of Smart Adeyemi said that the strike is an handiwork of traumatized members of ASUU, would traumatized people be asking for better funding for the universities, a request that if granted would make available a better learning environment for students, would traumatized people asked for salary increment, a request that if granted would probably make our lecturers more motivated and reduce the frowning, bribery that already exist, I think we need better guys representing we students and speaking for us. A NANS government that supported OBJ’1 3rd term bid and whether by omission or commission awarded Prof Maurice Iwu an award of excellence wasn’t representing me and I can count plenty others that agree with me.

Personally for me, my support would surely tilt towards ASUU, I support the request for better funding, I support salary increase for my lecturers, I support a better working condition. Even though I agree that 26% of the budget going to education could be quite high at this time, yet 2.2% is ridiculously outrageous and I have my doubt on how effectively if granted the funds would be disbursed but still I believe no matter what we need a better system and if everyone takes it upon ourselves to query every kobo then this would be no issue. Also even though I believe the strike approach is not the best way to address the issue with a government that has shown no human feeling but still it is a way. Other ways is for every party concerned to speak up, let we students not just sit at home and complain of boredom, let’s take action, let’s talk, write letters, write blog post, start a movement on facebook, organize peaceful protests, you can be sure they are seeing and reading it and hopefully by our massive outcry, they might respond, let parents speak, let other unions from NLC to ERC continue to show their unflinching support.

We can decide to keep postponing the day to fight but then we would keep having more fights. I think we need to fight this once and for all and avoid repetition of this annoying strike over and over again because as it were ASUU as not yet discovered a better way to address this issue or to get the government attention than to go on strike. With the government stooping so low to using threats that they might invoke the ‘no work, no pay’ option and ASUU absent from the recent meeting called by the minister of Labour, the strike is not looking like it’s going to end tomorrow. So, whoever you are, so far you are a Nigerian who wants the best for our educational sector; parent, lecturer, worker, friend, ally, the time to fight is NOW!

I have a dream that one day we would have a working educational sector with good classrooms, well equipped laboratories, well motivated and paid lecturers, good learning environment, properly funded institutions and so on, I believe there is hope for this nation if only you and I stand to do our part. I am doing mine, are you?


~ by osideinde adewale on July 26, 2009.

15 Responses to “ASUU Strike!30 Days!How Far?”

  1. Whales……… u are right. the government is confused and lack focus. How on earth will a reasonable government proposed 180, 000.00 as tuition fee in federal institutions when the same government is paying its workers 7,500.00 as mininmum wages. i say to ASUU ALUTA CONTINUA…………VICTORA ASCERTA

  2. This is very frank, timely, wonderful and articulate. The FG has proved itself as a very incompetent and unreasonable one and everyone that wants a better future for Nigeria has to speak radically to save the educational system from a fatal degradation that awaits it if we fold our arms and do nothing..

  3. whales you think like a born nigerian.i support you.federal govt.stil need to be educated…

  4. I really appreciate this post, I totally agree with you, although i never expected anything from an insensitive FG. I doubt even of those in power have their children studying in Nigerian University, am i must confess am dissapointed in NANS
    Aluta Continua….

  5. yeah it’s time for change & we should be actively involved in dis change. bt come to think of it….isnt ASUU askn for too much @ once esp in dis period?

  6. I’m highly disappointed in the FG concluding they derive no benefit from student so they have to pay 180000 as tuition fee. This is sincerely absurd, but as as students-we need to pray it out cuz for now, only the intervention of God can turn things around and not any form of violence. ALUTA CONTINUA

  7. ASUU is only self centered because all they are fighting for is just for their benefits not for the good of the Nigerian students.

  8. I`ll also support ASUU any length they go

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