ASUU Strike Nigeria : University students Cry out as Union strike continues

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Some students at Nigerian public universities have expressed dissatisfaction with the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ ongoing strike (ASUU).

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Friday, some of the students urged the federal government to meet at least half of ASUU’s demands in order to end the strike.

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Greatness Nnamdi-Ikpo, a third-year gas engineering student at the University of Port Harcourt, said the ongoing strike was having a negative impact on Nigerian students’ future plans.

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He claimed that despite enrolling in a five-year program in 2017, he was still in the first semester of his third year due to the ongoing ASUU strike and the country’s COVID-19 pandemic.

“My Nigerian friends who went abroad to study have graduated, some are in their final year, and it appears that those of us in Nigeria have been forgotten.”


“You don’t expect students to get good grades or become experts in their fields if they spent the majority of their time on strike and studied without access to properly equipped laboratories.”

“I am pleading with the Federal Government to make at least a half-hearted effort to meet ASUU’s demands, as this will free lecturers from relying on students for their livelihood.”

“I beseech the government to restore hope to Nigerian youths; our plans and programs are stalling.”

“I also implore the government to hire young graduates to teach new technologies and innovations in our universities,” said Nnamdi-Ikpo.

Similarly, Ms Gift Nwafor, an education psychology student at the University of Calabar, said the ongoing strike had frustrated and hampered her studies.

Nwafor expressed his displeasure with the ongoing strike, claiming that it was causing some students to engage in criminal activity.

“To be honest, I’m sad and frustrated. My two siblings and I have been living at home since February 14, and without going to school, our rent for the year will soon expire.


“My greatest fear is that some of us have turned to criminal activity… They are involved in theft, rape, and the use of hard drugs.

“I’m pleading with the Federal Government and ASUU to think about our future and end the strike so that we can return to school,” Nwafor said.

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Mr Victor Nkemdirim, ASUU Chairman at Abia State University, blamed the strike on the country’s public universities’ lack of revitalization.

ASUU, according to Nkemdirim, is fighting for the revitalization of the institutions.

He claimed that the government has been unable to carry out its agreements with ASUU since 2009.

He claimed that the government had always broken its agreements with the lecturers, including the Memorandum of Understanding and Memorandum of Action.

He stated that the government’s presence at some public universities has been minimal since their inception, with the exception of projects undertaken by the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) as a result of ASUU agitations.

Most state and federal universities, according to Nkemdirim, would have closed down by now if not for ASUU’s continued struggles.

He also recalled that ASUU had continued to oppose the Integrated Pay Roll and Personal Information System (IPPIS), a foreign-based platform that the Federal Government, he claimed, was paying N7 billion a year to maintain.

“This (IPPIS) platform violates university autonomy, which means that university councils do not have the authority to hire or fire employees.”

“ASUU was asked to create a platform that is friendly to the university system, and it came up with University Transability and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which scored 99.7% on all tests, including the integrity test.”

“We’ve also decided to fight for a raise in our wages.” Since 2009, we have been paid the same salary, despite the fact that our counterparts in polytechnics and colleges of education earn more.

“For all of these reasons, ASUU is still on strike.” As a result, I implore state and federal governments to recognize that education is critical to the overall development of the Nigerian system,” Nkemdirim stated.


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Mr. Osodeke accused NITDA of already “showing signs of bias because the ministry is already interfering” when he spoke on Saturday.

The tests are being hampered, according to the ASUU president, because of his union’s opposition to the professorship awarded to Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy.


Mr Pantami’s ministry oversees NITDA, and ASUU has repeatedly claimed that its opposition to his professorship is preventing UTAS from receiving approval certification.

The NITDA had previously denied the allegation, claiming that the software was simply being tested.

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Meanwhile, ASUU announced that it has met with the Nimi Briggs-led committee on renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, and that it is hopeful that it will not be stalled like the Munzali Jibril-led committee.

The ASUU president, who stated that the strike’s suspension is contingent on the outcome of meetings with the government, refused to elaborate on the ongoing talks.

Renegotiation with ASUU was completed by the FGN-ASUU 2009 Munzali Jibril-led renegotiation committee in May 2021, which produced a draft document. The government, on the other hand, stated that the draft’s recommendations were not feasible to implement.

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In his remarks on university autonomy, Mr. Osodeke criticized a situation in which universities must obtain permission from the head of service before they can hire.


He also criticized the use of federal character in hiring staff, arguing that the process should be based solely on merit.

“A vice chancellor cannot hire a professor without first obtaining permission from the head of the civil service, which is against all international rules.” “In comparison to a vice-chancellor, who is a head of civil service?” he asked.

“You hire a professor, and the federal character commission will come after you, alleging that you violated federal character principles,” he added. In which country do you employ a professor using federal character? You hire a professor on the basis of his or her qualifications.”

The union’s incessant industrial actions, according to ASUU, have always been motivated by the government’s insincerity.


He recalled how former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration promised to pay N220 billion per year for six years, but “failed miserably in carrying out the agreement.”

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Only N50 billion of that sum has been paid since 2014, according to Mr Osodeke.

“He (Mr Jonathan) summoned us to a meeting and told us that if we have to sit for three days, we must finish the meeting first,” he explained. We met with him for 14 hours and agreed that the N1.3 trillion should be spread out over six years because the government cannot bring the money all at once. They planned to release N200 billion initially, followed by N220 billion annually for the system, which he did, but we later discovered that he took money from the TETFund without informing the public.

“However, since 2014, this government has only provided N50 billion naira for all Nigerian public universities, of which there are currently about 90.”

Mr. Osodeke also chastised the proliferation of universities, particularly by state governors who, despite their inability to fund them, continue to establish new ones.

He stated that while ASUU is not opposed to the establishment of new universities, the government should set aside funds to fund them for five to ten years before they begin to receive TETFund funding.



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