Acquire skills and learn trades, Lecturer tells students, says ASUU strike will increase insecurity


 

President Muhammadu Buhari-led government have been asked by some Nigerians to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the lecturers’ ongoing strike.

Some students in Abuja decried the incessant strike, stating that it is not good for education, and, stalls academic progress.


A lecturer from Citi Polytechnic, Abuja, Mr Samuel Onime, warned that embarking on strike can expose students to criminal activities and increase the security challenges in the country.

He advised the Federal Government to continue to dialogue with ASUU to meet the teachers’ demands.


“Constant dialogue by both parties will go a long way to resolve the FG/ASUU disagreement and ensure that students are back to classes,’’ he said.


Onime urged students to acquire skills and learn trades to stay busy pending when the strike would be called off.


Speaking on the ongoing strike, Mr Mark Asekhemhe, a student, said the strike had impacted negatively on academic activities in universities, adding that the strike would reduce the academic performance of students and disrupt the nation’s university academic calendar.


“Embarking on a strike is a major factor that encourages students to be lazy because it prolongs required academic session for students,’’ he said.


Miss Hope Opumo, a student, urged ASUU and the government to continue to dialogue until all their differences were resolved and future strikes averted.


ASUU embarked on a one-month strike to press home their demands for improved teaching and learning environment and their welfare.

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