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  •  Ms Omowumi Ogunrotimi Executive Director Gender Mobile Initiative GMI an NGO has called for intervention and synthesised effort by government and private individuals to tackle rising cases of sexual harassment especially in institutions of learning Ogunrotimi made the call at the inauguration of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Consent Education Module to serve as one of the organisation s proactive steps at tackling the menace The event held virtually on Friday was organised and supported by Ford Foundation to expose participants to learnings which would transform into actionable steps We consider this an evolutionary approach to driving systems change because normative and cultural shifts are fundamentally critical to achieving systems change she said According to Ogunrotimi it is expected that institutions will adopt the module and the consistent use of it will enable peoples attitude to move from one that facilitates rape to the one that promotes consent This module was developed in partnership with institutions of higher learning and I am excited about the commitment of institutions to institutionalise this module We consider this an evolutionary approach to driving systems change because normative and cultural shifts are fundamentally critical to achieving systems change This we believe is achievable through consistent education that will transform prevailing adverse norms We are building a winning coalition that has the potential to catalytically transform other parts of the system We thank our partners BIGIF WRAPA Yaradua Foundation ICPC NFSAN FUOYE and the groupings of young people who are using their authentic voices to speak against sexual harassment Ogunrotimi said Mr Iseoluwa Akintunde who reviewed the module said it was time issues of sexual harassment was put in the front burner of government s activities and also school curriculum Akintunde said there was a global movement of outright prohibition of sexual harassment in higher institutions and that Nigeria could not be left behind If Nigerian tertiary institutions can adopt some of the reflections we have made in this module wholesale and tune it to their specific cultural and sociological campus context I think they would have taken a huge step in fighting this epidemic We hope that this module will be distributed to lecturers hostel wardens and friends across various campuses and we hope also that they download the Gender Mobile campus pal app for reporting sexual harassment Having this module and app will guide them at all times and we are taking campuses together because anyone that has passed through an institution of higher learning must have harassed someone or have been harassed or know someone who has been harassed As society moves forward the boundaries of what is accepted begins to move forward also There was a time we cannot have conversation about sexual harassment in tertiary institutions and cannot talk about relationship between students and lecturers but today we have moved forward I expect that as society begins to move forward we will also adopt policies that reflect the changes in our understanding of these issues as the module will be updated periodically to reflect constant social changes Akintunde said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the virtual event also saw six female finalists battle in the grand finale of the Gender Mobile 2022 sexual harassment awareness debate for students In the end Ayisat Adama of Bayero University Kano emerged the overall winner as Oterai Emamoke from University of Port Harcourt finished as the first runner up while Ladipo Fehintola from Adeleke University ended the debate as the 2nd runner up The finalists were rewarded with cash and gifts worth over N300 000 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sexual harassment destroying institutions of learning, NGO cries out
     Ms Omowumi Ogunrotimi Executive Director Gender Mobile Initiative GMI an NGO has called for intervention and synthesised effort by government and private individuals to tackle rising cases of sexual harassment especially in institutions of learning Ogunrotimi made the call at the inauguration of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Consent Education Module to serve as one of the organisation s proactive steps at tackling the menace The event held virtually on Friday was organised and supported by Ford Foundation to expose participants to learnings which would transform into actionable steps We consider this an evolutionary approach to driving systems change because normative and cultural shifts are fundamentally critical to achieving systems change she said According to Ogunrotimi it is expected that institutions will adopt the module and the consistent use of it will enable peoples attitude to move from one that facilitates rape to the one that promotes consent This module was developed in partnership with institutions of higher learning and I am excited about the commitment of institutions to institutionalise this module We consider this an evolutionary approach to driving systems change because normative and cultural shifts are fundamentally critical to achieving systems change This we believe is achievable through consistent education that will transform prevailing adverse norms We are building a winning coalition that has the potential to catalytically transform other parts of the system We thank our partners BIGIF WRAPA Yaradua Foundation ICPC NFSAN FUOYE and the groupings of young people who are using their authentic voices to speak against sexual harassment Ogunrotimi said Mr Iseoluwa Akintunde who reviewed the module said it was time issues of sexual harassment was put in the front burner of government s activities and also school curriculum Akintunde said there was a global movement of outright prohibition of sexual harassment in higher institutions and that Nigeria could not be left behind If Nigerian tertiary institutions can adopt some of the reflections we have made in this module wholesale and tune it to their specific cultural and sociological campus context I think they would have taken a huge step in fighting this epidemic We hope that this module will be distributed to lecturers hostel wardens and friends across various campuses and we hope also that they download the Gender Mobile campus pal app for reporting sexual harassment Having this module and app will guide them at all times and we are taking campuses together because anyone that has passed through an institution of higher learning must have harassed someone or have been harassed or know someone who has been harassed As society moves forward the boundaries of what is accepted begins to move forward also There was a time we cannot have conversation about sexual harassment in tertiary institutions and cannot talk about relationship between students and lecturers but today we have moved forward I expect that as society begins to move forward we will also adopt policies that reflect the changes in our understanding of these issues as the module will be updated periodically to reflect constant social changes Akintunde said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the virtual event also saw six female finalists battle in the grand finale of the Gender Mobile 2022 sexual harassment awareness debate for students In the end Ayisat Adama of Bayero University Kano emerged the overall winner as Oterai Emamoke from University of Port Harcourt finished as the first runner up while Ladipo Fehintola from Adeleke University ended the debate as the 2nd runner up The finalists were rewarded with cash and gifts worth over N300 000 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sexual harassment destroying institutions of learning, NGO cries out
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    Sexual harassment destroying institutions of learning, NGO cries out

    Ms Omowumi Ogunrotimi, Executive Director, Gender Mobile Initiative (GMI), an NGO, has called for intervention and synthesised effort by government and private individuals to tackle rising cases of sexual harassment, especially in institutions of learning.

    Ogunrotimi made the call at the inauguration of the ‘Sexual Assault Prevention and Consent Education Module’ to serve as one of the organisation’s proactive steps at tackling the menace.

    The event, held virtually on Friday, was organised and supported by Ford Foundation, to expose participants to learnings which would transform into actionable steps.

    “We consider this an evolutionary approach to driving systems change because normative and cultural shifts are fundamentally critical to achieving systems change,” she said.

    According to Ogunrotimi, it is expected that institutions will adopt the module, and the consistent use of it will enable peoples attitude to move from one that facilitates rape, to the one that promotes consent.

    “This module was developed in partnership with institutions of higher learning and I am excited about the commitment of institutions to institutionalise this module.

    “We consider this an evolutionary approach to driving systems change because normative and cultural shifts are fundamentally critical to achieving systems change.

    “This, we believe, is achievable through consistent education that will transform prevailing adverse norms.

    “We are building a winning coalition that has the potential to catalytically transform other parts of the system.

    “We thank our partners, BIGIF, WRAPA, Yaradua Foundation, ICPC, NFSAN, FUOYE and the groupings of young people who are using their authentic voices to speak against sexual harassment,” Ogunrotimi said.

    Mr Iseoluwa Akintunde, who reviewed the module said it was time issues of sexual harassment was put in the front burner of government’s activities and also school curriculum.   

    Akintunde said there was a global movement of outright prohibition of sexual harassment in higher institutions and that Nigeria could not be left behind.   

    “If Nigerian tertiary institutions can adopt some of the reflections we have made in this module, wholesale, and tune it to their specific cultural and sociological campus context, I think they would have taken a huge step in fighting this ‘epidemic’.   

    “We hope that this module will be distributed to lecturers, hostel wardens and friends across various campuses and we hope also that they download the Gender Mobile campus pal app for reporting sexual harassment.   

    “Having this module and app will guide them at all times and we are taking campuses together because anyone that has passed through an institution of higher learning must have harassed someone or have been harassed, or know someone who has been harassed.   

    “As society moves forward, the boundaries of what is accepted begins to move forward also.

    There was a time we cannot have conversation about sexual harassment in tertiary institutions and cannot talk about relationship between students and lecturers, but today, we have moved forward.   

    “I expect that as society begins to move forward, we will also adopt policies that reflect the changes in our understanding of these issues, as the module will be updated periodically to reflect constant social changes,” Akintunde said.   

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the virtual event also saw six female finalists battle in the grand finale of the Gender Mobile 2022 sexual harassment awareness debate for students.   

    In the end, Ayisat Adama of Bayero University Kano emerged the overall winner, as Oterai Emamoke from University of Port Harcourt finished as the first runner-up, while Ladipo Fehintola from Adeleke University ended the debate as the 2nd runner-up.

    The finalists were rewarded with cash and gifts worth over N300,000.
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  •  The Management of the Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE on Tuesday said that the rumour which had gone viral on the social media that the institution would be resuming for academic activities on the Oct 10 was fake The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fake news which has FUOYE logo stated that the university management had announced and slated the resumption date for academic activities for Oct 10 It also added that on the said date both fresh and returning students of the university would resume It added that registration would also start on the same date Reacting to the fake news the Vice Chancellor of the University Prof Abayomi Fasina in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media Matters Mr Wole Balogun described it as false The statement stated that FUOYE was not making any plan to resume academic activities yet Members of the public and particularly our teeming students are enjoined to ignore the fake news currently going viral on the social media that the institution is resuming academic activities on Oct 10 2022 This is false and the handiwork of some idle hands who are mischievously out to misinform unsuspecting members of the public FUOYE has not announced any date for resumption of academic activities so any news laying claim to such is fake and should be so dismissed by the general public If and when the coast is clear for resumption of academic activities on our twin campuses in Oye Ekiti and Ikole Ekiti respectively the institution will convey the message to our students via the appropriate and official means he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Federal University,Oye,debunks fake resumption news
     The Management of the Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE on Tuesday said that the rumour which had gone viral on the social media that the institution would be resuming for academic activities on the Oct 10 was fake The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fake news which has FUOYE logo stated that the university management had announced and slated the resumption date for academic activities for Oct 10 It also added that on the said date both fresh and returning students of the university would resume It added that registration would also start on the same date Reacting to the fake news the Vice Chancellor of the University Prof Abayomi Fasina in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media Matters Mr Wole Balogun described it as false The statement stated that FUOYE was not making any plan to resume academic activities yet Members of the public and particularly our teeming students are enjoined to ignore the fake news currently going viral on the social media that the institution is resuming academic activities on Oct 10 2022 This is false and the handiwork of some idle hands who are mischievously out to misinform unsuspecting members of the public FUOYE has not announced any date for resumption of academic activities so any news laying claim to such is fake and should be so dismissed by the general public If and when the coast is clear for resumption of academic activities on our twin campuses in Oye Ekiti and Ikole Ekiti respectively the institution will convey the message to our students via the appropriate and official means he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Federal University,Oye,debunks fake resumption news
    Education2 months ago

    Federal University,Oye,debunks fake resumption news

    The Management of the Federal University,Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), on Tuesday said that the rumour which had gone viral on the social media that the institution would be resuming for academic activities on the Oct.10 was fake.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fake news, which has FUOYE logo, stated that the university management had announced and slated the resumption date for academic activities for Oct.10. It also added that on the said date, both  fresh and returning students of the university would resume.

    It added that registration would  also start  on  the same date.

    Reacting to the fake news, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media Matters, Mr Wole Balogun, described it as false.

    The  statement stated that FUOYE was not making any  plan to resume academic activities yet.

    “Members of the public and particularly our teeming students are enjoined to ignore the fake news currently going viral on the social media that the institution is resuming academic activities on Oct.10, 2022. “This is false and the  handiwork of some idle hands who are mischievously out to misinform unsuspecting members of the public.

    “FUOYE has not announced  any date for resumption of academic activities; so any news laying claim to such is fake and should be so dismissed by the general public.

    “If and when the coast is clear for resumption of academic activities on our twin campuses in Oye-Ekiti and Ikole-Ekiti respectively, the institution will convey the message to our students via the appropriate and official means,” he said.


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  •  The statistics is frightening In the last two decades University teachers have gone on nationw strikes 16 times covering a cumulative period of 51 months Local chapters of their umbrella body the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU have also declared strikes in their respective institutions over local issues some of them dragging through several months On February 14 ASUU embarked on yet another strike this time a warning one that carries a penalty of total shut down if the demands are not met As the one month strike enters the fifth week with anxious students and their parents waiting for the next action a nationwide survey carried out Agency of Nigeria has shown that Nigerians are generally tired of the incessant strikes while many young people are feeling frustrated and losing interest in education While some respondents begged government to strive toward a truce with the lecturers others say that ASUU should consider other ways of dealing with the situation as the strikes had not solved their concerns Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo Deputy National President National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN for instance believes that ASUU and their employers could sort out their differences without making the student the victim The strikes are becoming too worrisome The development does not portray the country in good light before the international community The strikes are making the youth to loose faith in education and consequently take to negative vices that may compromise their future I want to state that this development is dangerous to us as a nation It does not speak well of us as a nation that truly desires accelerated development and transformation Government should tackle this issue It must go down to work and quickly too to revisit whatever demands the lecturers are making I understand that government is saying that it cannot afford to meet the demands of the 2009 agreement entered into with ASUU But in seeking to revisit the agreement there must be genuine commitment toward ensuring a lasting solution He also appealed to ASUU not to shun the meetings called this will not lead us to anywhere All parties should be commited to finding a common ground to the issues so that we can get the children back to the classrooms because it is the parents that bear the brunt of the impasse he said For Prof Rahamon Bello the immediate past Vice Chancellor University of Lagos the strikes are a dangerous trend that has consistently weakened the fulfillment of the hopes aspiration and dreams of the country s youth According to him the development is impacting negatively on every aspect of the country s economy The rate of any nation s ddevelopment is measured of education of its citizens government must make it a priority We cannot be going back and forth on this issue that has been lingering for several years It is bastardizing education in the country It is the reason why some of our children are seeking higher education elsewhere The crisis between Ukraine and Russia has let us into knowing how many of our children are pursuing their studies there You can see how many of our youth have left this country in search of quality education and stable academic calendar Nothing says we cannot achieve that he stated He said however that aggrieved labour unions could go on strike as there could be the need to sanitise the system to create room for better conditions of service The don explained that what the lecturers were agitating for had remained the same except for the salary platform that had to do with IPPIS and the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS ASUU may have it s own extremity but it means well for the nation So we don t throw away the ba bath water There is the need to look critically critically into their demands Prof Oluwole Familoni Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and Research University of Lagos told that the development would heighten the crave for a short cut to success s youth The dangers inherent in keeping youth at home who ordinary should be in school cannot be overemphasised Again seeking education outside the shores of the country goes along with foreign exchange such trend may not be healthy for country s economy If we fail to fix our system here we drive these youth outside and this may lead us to loosing some of our best brains to these foreign countries Besides our youths may end up with foreign cultures and we loose a lot Let government go back to the drawing board and do the needful to save our system It must also strive to also promise what it can comfortably fulfill It must show sincerely of purpose its words are its bond Reneging in agreement is disturbing and portray the country in bad light The international people we are collaborating with us may no longer have faith in us and you know the implications of such Currently I know there is a move to revisit the issue but I think there must be an acceptable bargain so that we do not fight and run away the deputy vice chancellor stated Also speaking the Principal King s College Lagos Mr Andrew Agada expressed fear that the strikes could plunge the country into further immorality and crimes such as Internet fraud ritual killings and other vices According to him they will also lead to poor academic achievement that will produce half baked graduates while dropout rates will continue to rise Stakeholders in the South East of the country have also expressed deep concern over the debilitating effect of ASUU strikes on education and quality of graduates from the system A cross section of respondents in that geopolitical zone was uimous that a permanent solution should be found interest groups to ensure a stable system that would produce qquality graduates from the nation s universities In Abia a lecturer at the Abia State University Uturu Mr Destiny Isiguzo said the frequent strikes teachers not only halt the academic calendar but threaten the future of the undergraduates Isiguzo a lecturer in the Department of English Language said the impact of strikes could be appreciated when it is realised that students who ought to graduate and proceed for the one year national youth service were usually delayed He further said the development was also affecting the students in terms of job opportunities According to him the delayas continued to elongate students years of stay in the institution beyond their possible year of graduation He said the implication was that some of them ended up exceeding the 30 year ceiling for the national youth service By extension some of them also exceed certain age limit for employment especially in the private sector It is also affecting us as lecturers because apart from making us idle it is affecting us psychologically Don t forget that some of us are also Ph D students in other universities so strikes are also delaying our programmes Isiguzo said A student at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Miss Jennifer Okafor said the frequent strikes had caused her so much pain Okafor recalled how she lost a session due to last year s strike and had almost given up on education I m supposed to be in my 400 level but I m still in 300 level We just started our first semester examination when this warning strike started and now I don t know my fate she lamented A parent Mrs Chinyere Uchendu decried the situation and appealed to the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve the crisis for the future of the children and education in the country Three of my children are in the university but are now back home doing nothing If this situation is not properly handled most students could lose focus in life and made to indulge in social vices such as internet fraud armed robbery banditry and kidnapping amongst others she cautioned In Imo some respondents blamed the incessant industrial actions poor funding of the universities in the country The Chairman Federal University of Technology Owerri FUTO chapter of ASUU Mr Chinedu Ihejirika said that strikes were tools in the hand of the union to press home its demands from the relevant authorities Ihejirika said the Federal Government s inability to keep to aagreements ith the union was largely to blame for the incessant strikes A parent Mrs Patricia Chibuike lamented the negative socio economic and educational impact of persistent strikes on students Chibuike said that strikes usually affected the academic performances and educational foundation of students She wondered how the country could produce top notch graduates that would proffer solutions to the nation s multi faceted challenges with such poor and unstable educational background She appealed to ASUU to put the plight of parents and guardians into consideration and work out a modality to ameliorate the sufferings parents go through to train their children in school On his part Mr Philip Nna the immediate past President Student Union Government Federal Polytechnic Nekede near Owerri urged ASUU to collaborate with student unions to proffer lasting solutions to the incessant strikes According to him this will not only make the students better informed but elicit students understanding and actions that could aid ASUU s negotiation with the government Prof Dennis Aribodor a professor of Public Health Parasitology and former ASUU Chairman Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka described the effect of strikes on the nation as numerous Aribodor said that aside from the nation losing its prime manpower to brain drain it has also lost substantial international research funding The country also loses foreign exchange and experiences naira devaluation due to the chase for foreign currency to pay fees and services abroad The morale of lecturers in service delivery is weakened due to the lack of confidence in the system he said Aribodor further said that students lost time and opportunities to advance themselves side by side their mates outside Nigeria He said that many students forced by ststrikes remain in school above the national youth service 30 year age limit have had to miss the opportunity and experience from the service He said that Nigeria had also lost patronage from foreign students that had wished to study in the country Aribodor said that on the economic side strikes paralyse commercial activities on the campuses According to him food sellers hawkers local transporters business centre operators are all forced to shut down during strikes The youths lose confidence in the system engage in crime and social vices due to idleness he said adding that the situation further vitiates patrotic zeal in them Aribodor said that lecturers try to keep themselves productive during strikes including looking elsewhere for greener pastures Some have even quit teaching for better jobs he said adding that many lecturers lacked job satisfaction due to alleged government s poor attitude to the nation s education Also Dr Henry Duru a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication UNIZIK said that strikes not only disrupt the normal academic calendar but distort family plans He said that he always used the periods of strikes to do some of his non teaching activities such as research and writing of academic papers Meanwhile the leaderships of the union at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike AEFUNAI and Ebonyi State University EBSU have urged Nigerians to prevail on government to address ASUU s concerns They contended that the union s action was in the best interest of the Nigerian students They said that ASUU s demands were geared towards improving the quality of univesity education in the country They also argued that the current action which began on Feb 14 could have been averted if government had done the needful The Acting Chairman of ASUU in EBSU Dr Ikechuku Igwenyi rejected suggestions that ASUU was insensitive to the impact of thier action on students It will amount to historical irresponsibility on our part to sit and watch while the gains of our heroes past are being destroyed Igwenyi said Meanwhile Mr Ewa Chukwumaijem the Coordinator Zone F of S comprising AEFUNAI and EBSU has called for an end to the warning strike to pave the way for dialogue Chukwumaijem said that incessant strikes in public universities were affecting the future of the students He described strikes as ill wind that blows no one good adding that students parents and guardians bear the brunt of ASUU strikes He expressed worry that when eventually ASUU would settle its differences with the federal government students along with parents and guardians would be left to lick their wound According to Chukwumaijem students will end up paying house rent for another session because they pay per session When you pay per session and the strike takes up the session there is no way the landlord will allow you to stay in his property without paying again Again those of us that are about 30 years may not be mobilised for the national youth service It is very painful that a four or five year course would linger from seven to eight years There is no how we can benefit from the strike ASUU should devise better ways to fight for its right while federal government should also learn to honour agreements in the overall interest of the innocent students Chukwumaijem said In Enugu Dr Sam Ugwu lecturer at the Department of Public Administration University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN said that lecturers suffered the great impact of ASUU strikes as they were left doing nothing According to Ugwu lecturers are not happy seeing students roaming about simply because government failed to fulfill its agreements with ASUU Nigerians resident in the North West have equally expressed concern over the incessant ASUU strikes with many urging the Federal Government and ASUU to strive to end the impasse in the interest of the innocent students their parents and the nation s future They voiced their concerns in a vox pop conducted Kaduna Kano Katsina Zamfara Sokoto and Kebbi States Mrs Temitope Faseyitan a resident of Kano said that the frequency of ASUU strikes was frustrating both parents and students She said that strikes had made many parents and students to lose confidence in public universities During such actions students become idle making some of them to indulge in all sorts of criminal activities she said A student Yazid Tanko said that strikes always constitute setbacks to their educational pursuit A student who is supposed to graduate in four years will have to spend six years because of the strike we are saddened he said The ASUU Chairman Bayero University Kano chapter Mr Haruna Musa said the only solution to the recurring problem is for government to always honour agreements it entered into with the union While agreeing that such disputes had negative consequences on tertiary education he said but for such industrial actions the story would have been different It is evidently clear that ASUU strike have impacted positively towards the revitalisation and improvement of infrastructure in the universities This has consequently assisted in producing graduates that have the required expertise and skills to contribute towards national development Nigerians should remember that it was the 1992 ASUU strike that brought the Education Trust Fund ETF it is purely a brain child of ASUU which subsequently metamorphosed to Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETfund It is the major educational intervention agency in Nigeria he said The Chairman also said that during strikes lecturers engage in both individual and group research as part of their contributions towards national development During the 2020 strike ASUU members in BUK developed an automatic ventilator machine and produced hand sanitizers for our local communities to help in the fight against COVID 19 pandemic he claimed In Zamfara parents are urging government and ASUU to consider the plight of parents and students and resolve their differences through dialogue They told in Gusau that they were fed up with the recurring impasse between ASUU and government Alhaji Abba Abubakar a parent regretted that wards were being made to bear the consequences of strike actions noting that most government officials and political office holders had options of sending their wards to study abroad In his contribution the Director Quality Assurance Zamfara Ministry of Education Kabiru Magami said that ASUU strikes were always a serious set back to education The matter is beyond the Federal Government and ASUU everyone must put hands on deck towards resolving the issues as the consequences can affect the unity peace and security of the nation he said Mikailu Abdullah a final year student in the Department of Biological Sciences Federal University Gusau has also expressed concern over the strikes that were stagnating our future COVID 19 and previous industrial actions set us back as we were supposed to complete our four years degree programme last year Now with this strike again no one knows when we shall graduate he lamented In Kaduna some lecturers said the ongoing industrial action was the only option left that would force government fulfill its pledges Mr Peter Adamu Chairman of ASUU Kaduna State University KASU Chapter said the union had exhausted all other options before deciding to use the strike action Nigeria is blessed with very qualitative lecturers but the facilities are not available which affects us negatively he said According to him lecturers engage in three activities namely teaching research and community service adding that the strike action will affect the teaching job only In Sokoto State parents say the frequent strikes have placed additional burden on them and heightened the challenges of insecurity in the country Malam Muhammadu Shehu a farmer described the situation as a disaster as idle students could take to all sorts of unwholesome activities Also speaking to Malam Saidu Mainasara a primary school teacher said that the strikes had continued to discourage both the students and their parents On the part of the students the action taken the production of half baked graduates that are not qualified to handle tasks assigned to them On the part of parents we are not getting any younger and our ficial capacity to handle payment of fees is gradually diminishing he said Students of University of Jos have also appealed to the Federal Government and ASUU to find a common ground toward ending the incessant strikes in the universities They made the appeal while reacting to the ongoing strike embarked upon The students urged the duo to return to the negotiating table with a view to finding a lasting solution to the issues Miss Edlyn Pam a 400 level student of Mass Communication decried the incessant strikes saying that they had constituted a stumbling block to her academic journey She regretted that the strikes delayed her graduation noting that academic calendars in public universities were no longer predictable I have spent six years pursuing a course I should have completed in four years I m not even sure when I m going to graduate I will be graduating I may be above 30 years old and will not be eligible to go for the National Youth Service Corps NYSC So I m pleading with the gederal government and ASUU to reach a sincere agreement so as to ssave he future of university education in the country she appealed Another student Kwaptoe Fred said that both the ASUU and the federal government should be sensitive to the plights of students He called on both parties to sheathe their sswords in the interest of future generation which he said is currently bleak because of frequent strikes by lecturers To me the demands of ASUU are genuine but their approach to the whole thing sometimes looks wrong They say that when two elephants fight the ground becomes the victims the students in this case are the victims So we are appealing to both the ASUU and the Federal Government to return to the negotiating table and find a common ground for the sake of future generation Fred appealed But the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University IBBU branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Lapai Niger has said that the series of nationwide strike would bring about qualitative tertiary education for the country Dr Kudu Dangana Chairman ASUU IBBU Lapai told that the situation might have some negative effects on the students but not going on strike will be worse for them If we don t act government will completely abandon its responsibility of funding tertiary education The situation in tertiary schools will be like what we have in public primary and secondary schools in the country he said The public perception of the strikes is the same in the South South of the country with residents regretted the negative effects on all strata of the society Mr Patrick Titus a parent said that ASUU s strikes were largely to blame for the myriad of vices commited He said that strikes also hurt parents economically as they were forced to pay double school and accommodation fees As a parent if your son is to do a four year course you budget for the period But with the incessant strikes there is no guarantee that a four years programme will not extend to six years with the attendant consequences he said The President Students Union Government SUG University of Uyo Mr Wisdom Emmanuel said that incessant strikes ASUU over the years had crippled educational system in the country Emmanuel said that because of strikes students were no longer sure of the duration of their academic programmes He said the menace had pushed some students into crimes and made some others loose interest in education opting to pursue other forms of trade for quick money As you know an idle mind is a devil s workshop During strike students use the opportunity to engage on things they shouldn t do he said A 300 level student of English and Literature at the University of Benin El Shaddai Chinedu said that ASUU strikes were lowering the quality of graduates The school has just resumed and the course outlines have not been released When we are eventually called back everything will be rushed and we will be under undue pressure he fumed UNIBEN SUG President Foster Amadin said many students would find it difficult to easily settle for academic activities when the strike is eventually called off We don t need more frustration We are tired of being frustrated We are only begging let s go back to our classes and resume lectures A lecturer at the University of Abuja Mr Tobechukwu Ogueze regretted that ASUU strikes had promoted the establishment of expensive private institutions of learning across the country The effect is that standards will fall because some of these private universities are not properly regulated Many Nigerian students are held up in war thorn Ukraine Most of them have made their ways to Hungary Poland and other European countries Some of them don t want to come back to Nigeria because ir is ASUU strikes that will welcome them he said A civil servant and parent in Asaba Mr Ilevare Akhimie said that frequent strikes devastating effect on the nation s educational sector The effect of strike is manifested in the work place graduates employed into the public and private sectors are unable to defend their certificates Many lecturers are engaged in teaching in private universities while others are engaged in other form of business to get the family going Unending strikes have made our students and young generation loss hope in our educational sector unlike in some Africa countries he said Miss Ijeoma Ebiti a computer scientist in Festus Ajuru University said that ducation was the engine that drives economic and technological development of any nation and should not be allowed to suffer Our leaders should give education its pride of place in order to move this country forward he said Bunmi Harry a final year student of the Department of Economics Rivers State University urged the Federal Government to resolve its issues with ASUU to enable the striking lecturers to return to class According to her the frequent strikes have made many students lose interest in pursuing their studies On his part Dr Williams Wodi a lecturer and member of ASUU in UNIPORT said the negative effect of the strikes was that more Nigerians would continue to send their children to study in foreign countries Wodi disclosed that data made available in 2017 showed that parents spent about N82 billion to educate their children in Ghanaian universities alone This excludes the several other countries where Nigerian students go to study The quality of education in those nations may not even be as good as it is in Nigeria but the signal this creates to the international community is that our education system is inferior he said Stakeholders in the North East have also expressed disdain over incessant strikes ASUU and described it as major set back in Nigeria s quest for development Some of them told in Adamawa Bauchi Borno Gombe Jigawa and Yobe States that the trend was disturbing as it exposes students to examination malpractice drug abuse crimes and social vices Usman Ibrahim a student in Maiduguri said the nagging industrial action deny education to the youths and exposes them to poverty and vices Mercy Yohanna and Abdulrasheed Musa also students said the incessant strike often results to poor quality of graduates being produced in the country Similarly Usman Wali President Students Union Government Yobe State University described strikes as causing sadness frustration and hopelessness especially among final year students The state of despair and idleness caused always tempt students to engage in drug abuse with the hope of forgetting about their predicament It is a common knowledge that crime rate among students increases during strike because of prolong idleness and peer influence Wali noted that apart from delaying graduation of students frequent strikes undermined quality of degrees as students were rushed through lectures to meet deadlines each time the action called off On his part Dr Aliyu Tilde Bauchi State Commissioner for Education has dismissed the strike as unnecessary considering its negative consequences on students and delivery of quality education He said that strikes retard the progress of education research and scholarship in the country Nigerians resident in the South West have also decried the incessant strikes in the nation s tertiary education system saying that the trend had negative impact on all sectors of life One such resident is the Vice Chancellor Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE Prof Abayomi Fasina who warned that incessant strikes destroying standards of education Fasina urged ASUU and the federal government to engage in peaceful dialogue on how to avert strikes in the overall interest of the country s image and future of students He noted that FUOYE had an academic calendar to ensure that students finished their course work and graduate as scheduled But with the current strike the free flow of academic activities has been altered Honestly strike is not good for the future of the children and the university system itself because it will have adverse effects on the standard of education and delay the academics of the students In private univeristies there is nothing like strike the students enjoy free flow of academic activities and will all graduate in record time without having to wait for their colleagues in public universities In developed countries there is nothing like strike this has really promoted their education sector to enviable heights Their students steady academic activities without delay or break but in Nigeria the reverse is the case Prof Femi Omotosho a lecturer in the Department of Political Science Ekiti State University EKSU opined that it was high time for ASUU members to devise other means rather than industrial action to press home their demands for improved welfare package from government If you deployed a system to get result for a very long time and it does not seem to be working courtesy demands that you restrategise go back to the drawing board and explore other means In this circumstances the system adopted is not working and negatively impacting on the system as well as future of our country he said While acknowledging that the welfare and wellbeing of workers remained paramount achieving that objective should not be to the detriment of the system itself There is need to evolve a new effective model of promoting workers interests without necessarily disrupting totally the productive sector of the economy or paralyse the activities of the institutions he said Mr Adedapo Julius a civil servant said that parents were the most affected when lecturers abandon the classes When strikes start our plans for the future of our children are literally being shattered When these children are at home you can see that they are not happy it saddens the heart to see your children unhappy It is during this time that some youths venture into some other businesses and eventually dump their academic pursuit because they found a faster way to secure a better future he said In Ibadan Oyo State Ms Delayo Ojo a student of the University of Ibadan said that strikes in the sector only add to the number of years scheduled for students to complete their studies You can t say you have a plan for education in Nigeria especially when you enroll for a four year course in tertiary institutions most likely you will use like five to six years I had no carry over yet I used almost six years for a four year course just because of ASUU strike I also used three years for my Master Programme instead of 18 months owing to ASUU strike she said Ojo said that many students had dropped out of schools especially those on study leave granted them they are halfway and yet to conclude their programmes due to strike they will have to return to their offices Mr Akin AbAboluwade a parent has blamed the selfishness of ASUU for the unending strikes Aboluwade opined that not all issues should end up in strikes
    Nigerians tired, youths losing interest in education– Survey
     The statistics is frightening In the last two decades University teachers have gone on nationw strikes 16 times covering a cumulative period of 51 months Local chapters of their umbrella body the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU have also declared strikes in their respective institutions over local issues some of them dragging through several months On February 14 ASUU embarked on yet another strike this time a warning one that carries a penalty of total shut down if the demands are not met As the one month strike enters the fifth week with anxious students and their parents waiting for the next action a nationwide survey carried out Agency of Nigeria has shown that Nigerians are generally tired of the incessant strikes while many young people are feeling frustrated and losing interest in education While some respondents begged government to strive toward a truce with the lecturers others say that ASUU should consider other ways of dealing with the situation as the strikes had not solved their concerns Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo Deputy National President National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN for instance believes that ASUU and their employers could sort out their differences without making the student the victim The strikes are becoming too worrisome The development does not portray the country in good light before the international community The strikes are making the youth to loose faith in education and consequently take to negative vices that may compromise their future I want to state that this development is dangerous to us as a nation It does not speak well of us as a nation that truly desires accelerated development and transformation Government should tackle this issue It must go down to work and quickly too to revisit whatever demands the lecturers are making I understand that government is saying that it cannot afford to meet the demands of the 2009 agreement entered into with ASUU But in seeking to revisit the agreement there must be genuine commitment toward ensuring a lasting solution He also appealed to ASUU not to shun the meetings called this will not lead us to anywhere All parties should be commited to finding a common ground to the issues so that we can get the children back to the classrooms because it is the parents that bear the brunt of the impasse he said For Prof Rahamon Bello the immediate past Vice Chancellor University of Lagos the strikes are a dangerous trend that has consistently weakened the fulfillment of the hopes aspiration and dreams of the country s youth According to him the development is impacting negatively on every aspect of the country s economy The rate of any nation s ddevelopment is measured of education of its citizens government must make it a priority We cannot be going back and forth on this issue that has been lingering for several years It is bastardizing education in the country It is the reason why some of our children are seeking higher education elsewhere The crisis between Ukraine and Russia has let us into knowing how many of our children are pursuing their studies there You can see how many of our youth have left this country in search of quality education and stable academic calendar Nothing says we cannot achieve that he stated He said however that aggrieved labour unions could go on strike as there could be the need to sanitise the system to create room for better conditions of service The don explained that what the lecturers were agitating for had remained the same except for the salary platform that had to do with IPPIS and the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS ASUU may have it s own extremity but it means well for the nation So we don t throw away the ba bath water There is the need to look critically critically into their demands Prof Oluwole Familoni Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and Research University of Lagos told that the development would heighten the crave for a short cut to success s youth The dangers inherent in keeping youth at home who ordinary should be in school cannot be overemphasised Again seeking education outside the shores of the country goes along with foreign exchange such trend may not be healthy for country s economy If we fail to fix our system here we drive these youth outside and this may lead us to loosing some of our best brains to these foreign countries Besides our youths may end up with foreign cultures and we loose a lot Let government go back to the drawing board and do the needful to save our system It must also strive to also promise what it can comfortably fulfill It must show sincerely of purpose its words are its bond Reneging in agreement is disturbing and portray the country in bad light The international people we are collaborating with us may no longer have faith in us and you know the implications of such Currently I know there is a move to revisit the issue but I think there must be an acceptable bargain so that we do not fight and run away the deputy vice chancellor stated Also speaking the Principal King s College Lagos Mr Andrew Agada expressed fear that the strikes could plunge the country into further immorality and crimes such as Internet fraud ritual killings and other vices According to him they will also lead to poor academic achievement that will produce half baked graduates while dropout rates will continue to rise Stakeholders in the South East of the country have also expressed deep concern over the debilitating effect of ASUU strikes on education and quality of graduates from the system A cross section of respondents in that geopolitical zone was uimous that a permanent solution should be found interest groups to ensure a stable system that would produce qquality graduates from the nation s universities In Abia a lecturer at the Abia State University Uturu Mr Destiny Isiguzo said the frequent strikes teachers not only halt the academic calendar but threaten the future of the undergraduates Isiguzo a lecturer in the Department of English Language said the impact of strikes could be appreciated when it is realised that students who ought to graduate and proceed for the one year national youth service were usually delayed He further said the development was also affecting the students in terms of job opportunities According to him the delayas continued to elongate students years of stay in the institution beyond their possible year of graduation He said the implication was that some of them ended up exceeding the 30 year ceiling for the national youth service By extension some of them also exceed certain age limit for employment especially in the private sector It is also affecting us as lecturers because apart from making us idle it is affecting us psychologically Don t forget that some of us are also Ph D students in other universities so strikes are also delaying our programmes Isiguzo said A student at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Miss Jennifer Okafor said the frequent strikes had caused her so much pain Okafor recalled how she lost a session due to last year s strike and had almost given up on education I m supposed to be in my 400 level but I m still in 300 level We just started our first semester examination when this warning strike started and now I don t know my fate she lamented A parent Mrs Chinyere Uchendu decried the situation and appealed to the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve the crisis for the future of the children and education in the country Three of my children are in the university but are now back home doing nothing If this situation is not properly handled most students could lose focus in life and made to indulge in social vices such as internet fraud armed robbery banditry and kidnapping amongst others she cautioned In Imo some respondents blamed the incessant industrial actions poor funding of the universities in the country The Chairman Federal University of Technology Owerri FUTO chapter of ASUU Mr Chinedu Ihejirika said that strikes were tools in the hand of the union to press home its demands from the relevant authorities Ihejirika said the Federal Government s inability to keep to aagreements ith the union was largely to blame for the incessant strikes A parent Mrs Patricia Chibuike lamented the negative socio economic and educational impact of persistent strikes on students Chibuike said that strikes usually affected the academic performances and educational foundation of students She wondered how the country could produce top notch graduates that would proffer solutions to the nation s multi faceted challenges with such poor and unstable educational background She appealed to ASUU to put the plight of parents and guardians into consideration and work out a modality to ameliorate the sufferings parents go through to train their children in school On his part Mr Philip Nna the immediate past President Student Union Government Federal Polytechnic Nekede near Owerri urged ASUU to collaborate with student unions to proffer lasting solutions to the incessant strikes According to him this will not only make the students better informed but elicit students understanding and actions that could aid ASUU s negotiation with the government Prof Dennis Aribodor a professor of Public Health Parasitology and former ASUU Chairman Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka described the effect of strikes on the nation as numerous Aribodor said that aside from the nation losing its prime manpower to brain drain it has also lost substantial international research funding The country also loses foreign exchange and experiences naira devaluation due to the chase for foreign currency to pay fees and services abroad The morale of lecturers in service delivery is weakened due to the lack of confidence in the system he said Aribodor further said that students lost time and opportunities to advance themselves side by side their mates outside Nigeria He said that many students forced by ststrikes remain in school above the national youth service 30 year age limit have had to miss the opportunity and experience from the service He said that Nigeria had also lost patronage from foreign students that had wished to study in the country Aribodor said that on the economic side strikes paralyse commercial activities on the campuses According to him food sellers hawkers local transporters business centre operators are all forced to shut down during strikes The youths lose confidence in the system engage in crime and social vices due to idleness he said adding that the situation further vitiates patrotic zeal in them Aribodor said that lecturers try to keep themselves productive during strikes including looking elsewhere for greener pastures Some have even quit teaching for better jobs he said adding that many lecturers lacked job satisfaction due to alleged government s poor attitude to the nation s education Also Dr Henry Duru a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication UNIZIK said that strikes not only disrupt the normal academic calendar but distort family plans He said that he always used the periods of strikes to do some of his non teaching activities such as research and writing of academic papers Meanwhile the leaderships of the union at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike AEFUNAI and Ebonyi State University EBSU have urged Nigerians to prevail on government to address ASUU s concerns They contended that the union s action was in the best interest of the Nigerian students They said that ASUU s demands were geared towards improving the quality of univesity education in the country They also argued that the current action which began on Feb 14 could have been averted if government had done the needful The Acting Chairman of ASUU in EBSU Dr Ikechuku Igwenyi rejected suggestions that ASUU was insensitive to the impact of thier action on students It will amount to historical irresponsibility on our part to sit and watch while the gains of our heroes past are being destroyed Igwenyi said Meanwhile Mr Ewa Chukwumaijem the Coordinator Zone F of S comprising AEFUNAI and EBSU has called for an end to the warning strike to pave the way for dialogue Chukwumaijem said that incessant strikes in public universities were affecting the future of the students He described strikes as ill wind that blows no one good adding that students parents and guardians bear the brunt of ASUU strikes He expressed worry that when eventually ASUU would settle its differences with the federal government students along with parents and guardians would be left to lick their wound According to Chukwumaijem students will end up paying house rent for another session because they pay per session When you pay per session and the strike takes up the session there is no way the landlord will allow you to stay in his property without paying again Again those of us that are about 30 years may not be mobilised for the national youth service It is very painful that a four or five year course would linger from seven to eight years There is no how we can benefit from the strike ASUU should devise better ways to fight for its right while federal government should also learn to honour agreements in the overall interest of the innocent students Chukwumaijem said In Enugu Dr Sam Ugwu lecturer at the Department of Public Administration University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN said that lecturers suffered the great impact of ASUU strikes as they were left doing nothing According to Ugwu lecturers are not happy seeing students roaming about simply because government failed to fulfill its agreements with ASUU Nigerians resident in the North West have equally expressed concern over the incessant ASUU strikes with many urging the Federal Government and ASUU to strive to end the impasse in the interest of the innocent students their parents and the nation s future They voiced their concerns in a vox pop conducted Kaduna Kano Katsina Zamfara Sokoto and Kebbi States Mrs Temitope Faseyitan a resident of Kano said that the frequency of ASUU strikes was frustrating both parents and students She said that strikes had made many parents and students to lose confidence in public universities During such actions students become idle making some of them to indulge in all sorts of criminal activities she said A student Yazid Tanko said that strikes always constitute setbacks to their educational pursuit A student who is supposed to graduate in four years will have to spend six years because of the strike we are saddened he said The ASUU Chairman Bayero University Kano chapter Mr Haruna Musa said the only solution to the recurring problem is for government to always honour agreements it entered into with the union While agreeing that such disputes had negative consequences on tertiary education he said but for such industrial actions the story would have been different It is evidently clear that ASUU strike have impacted positively towards the revitalisation and improvement of infrastructure in the universities This has consequently assisted in producing graduates that have the required expertise and skills to contribute towards national development Nigerians should remember that it was the 1992 ASUU strike that brought the Education Trust Fund ETF it is purely a brain child of ASUU which subsequently metamorphosed to Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETfund It is the major educational intervention agency in Nigeria he said The Chairman also said that during strikes lecturers engage in both individual and group research as part of their contributions towards national development During the 2020 strike ASUU members in BUK developed an automatic ventilator machine and produced hand sanitizers for our local communities to help in the fight against COVID 19 pandemic he claimed In Zamfara parents are urging government and ASUU to consider the plight of parents and students and resolve their differences through dialogue They told in Gusau that they were fed up with the recurring impasse between ASUU and government Alhaji Abba Abubakar a parent regretted that wards were being made to bear the consequences of strike actions noting that most government officials and political office holders had options of sending their wards to study abroad In his contribution the Director Quality Assurance Zamfara Ministry of Education Kabiru Magami said that ASUU strikes were always a serious set back to education The matter is beyond the Federal Government and ASUU everyone must put hands on deck towards resolving the issues as the consequences can affect the unity peace and security of the nation he said Mikailu Abdullah a final year student in the Department of Biological Sciences Federal University Gusau has also expressed concern over the strikes that were stagnating our future COVID 19 and previous industrial actions set us back as we were supposed to complete our four years degree programme last year Now with this strike again no one knows when we shall graduate he lamented In Kaduna some lecturers said the ongoing industrial action was the only option left that would force government fulfill its pledges Mr Peter Adamu Chairman of ASUU Kaduna State University KASU Chapter said the union had exhausted all other options before deciding to use the strike action Nigeria is blessed with very qualitative lecturers but the facilities are not available which affects us negatively he said According to him lecturers engage in three activities namely teaching research and community service adding that the strike action will affect the teaching job only In Sokoto State parents say the frequent strikes have placed additional burden on them and heightened the challenges of insecurity in the country Malam Muhammadu Shehu a farmer described the situation as a disaster as idle students could take to all sorts of unwholesome activities Also speaking to Malam Saidu Mainasara a primary school teacher said that the strikes had continued to discourage both the students and their parents On the part of the students the action taken the production of half baked graduates that are not qualified to handle tasks assigned to them On the part of parents we are not getting any younger and our ficial capacity to handle payment of fees is gradually diminishing he said Students of University of Jos have also appealed to the Federal Government and ASUU to find a common ground toward ending the incessant strikes in the universities They made the appeal while reacting to the ongoing strike embarked upon The students urged the duo to return to the negotiating table with a view to finding a lasting solution to the issues Miss Edlyn Pam a 400 level student of Mass Communication decried the incessant strikes saying that they had constituted a stumbling block to her academic journey She regretted that the strikes delayed her graduation noting that academic calendars in public universities were no longer predictable I have spent six years pursuing a course I should have completed in four years I m not even sure when I m going to graduate I will be graduating I may be above 30 years old and will not be eligible to go for the National Youth Service Corps NYSC So I m pleading with the gederal government and ASUU to reach a sincere agreement so as to ssave he future of university education in the country she appealed Another student Kwaptoe Fred said that both the ASUU and the federal government should be sensitive to the plights of students He called on both parties to sheathe their sswords in the interest of future generation which he said is currently bleak because of frequent strikes by lecturers To me the demands of ASUU are genuine but their approach to the whole thing sometimes looks wrong They say that when two elephants fight the ground becomes the victims the students in this case are the victims So we are appealing to both the ASUU and the Federal Government to return to the negotiating table and find a common ground for the sake of future generation Fred appealed But the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University IBBU branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Lapai Niger has said that the series of nationwide strike would bring about qualitative tertiary education for the country Dr Kudu Dangana Chairman ASUU IBBU Lapai told that the situation might have some negative effects on the students but not going on strike will be worse for them If we don t act government will completely abandon its responsibility of funding tertiary education The situation in tertiary schools will be like what we have in public primary and secondary schools in the country he said The public perception of the strikes is the same in the South South of the country with residents regretted the negative effects on all strata of the society Mr Patrick Titus a parent said that ASUU s strikes were largely to blame for the myriad of vices commited He said that strikes also hurt parents economically as they were forced to pay double school and accommodation fees As a parent if your son is to do a four year course you budget for the period But with the incessant strikes there is no guarantee that a four years programme will not extend to six years with the attendant consequences he said The President Students Union Government SUG University of Uyo Mr Wisdom Emmanuel said that incessant strikes ASUU over the years had crippled educational system in the country Emmanuel said that because of strikes students were no longer sure of the duration of their academic programmes He said the menace had pushed some students into crimes and made some others loose interest in education opting to pursue other forms of trade for quick money As you know an idle mind is a devil s workshop During strike students use the opportunity to engage on things they shouldn t do he said A 300 level student of English and Literature at the University of Benin El Shaddai Chinedu said that ASUU strikes were lowering the quality of graduates The school has just resumed and the course outlines have not been released When we are eventually called back everything will be rushed and we will be under undue pressure he fumed UNIBEN SUG President Foster Amadin said many students would find it difficult to easily settle for academic activities when the strike is eventually called off We don t need more frustration We are tired of being frustrated We are only begging let s go back to our classes and resume lectures A lecturer at the University of Abuja Mr Tobechukwu Ogueze regretted that ASUU strikes had promoted the establishment of expensive private institutions of learning across the country The effect is that standards will fall because some of these private universities are not properly regulated Many Nigerian students are held up in war thorn Ukraine Most of them have made their ways to Hungary Poland and other European countries Some of them don t want to come back to Nigeria because ir is ASUU strikes that will welcome them he said A civil servant and parent in Asaba Mr Ilevare Akhimie said that frequent strikes devastating effect on the nation s educational sector The effect of strike is manifested in the work place graduates employed into the public and private sectors are unable to defend their certificates Many lecturers are engaged in teaching in private universities while others are engaged in other form of business to get the family going Unending strikes have made our students and young generation loss hope in our educational sector unlike in some Africa countries he said Miss Ijeoma Ebiti a computer scientist in Festus Ajuru University said that ducation was the engine that drives economic and technological development of any nation and should not be allowed to suffer Our leaders should give education its pride of place in order to move this country forward he said Bunmi Harry a final year student of the Department of Economics Rivers State University urged the Federal Government to resolve its issues with ASUU to enable the striking lecturers to return to class According to her the frequent strikes have made many students lose interest in pursuing their studies On his part Dr Williams Wodi a lecturer and member of ASUU in UNIPORT said the negative effect of the strikes was that more Nigerians would continue to send their children to study in foreign countries Wodi disclosed that data made available in 2017 showed that parents spent about N82 billion to educate their children in Ghanaian universities alone This excludes the several other countries where Nigerian students go to study The quality of education in those nations may not even be as good as it is in Nigeria but the signal this creates to the international community is that our education system is inferior he said Stakeholders in the North East have also expressed disdain over incessant strikes ASUU and described it as major set back in Nigeria s quest for development Some of them told in Adamawa Bauchi Borno Gombe Jigawa and Yobe States that the trend was disturbing as it exposes students to examination malpractice drug abuse crimes and social vices Usman Ibrahim a student in Maiduguri said the nagging industrial action deny education to the youths and exposes them to poverty and vices Mercy Yohanna and Abdulrasheed Musa also students said the incessant strike often results to poor quality of graduates being produced in the country Similarly Usman Wali President Students Union Government Yobe State University described strikes as causing sadness frustration and hopelessness especially among final year students The state of despair and idleness caused always tempt students to engage in drug abuse with the hope of forgetting about their predicament It is a common knowledge that crime rate among students increases during strike because of prolong idleness and peer influence Wali noted that apart from delaying graduation of students frequent strikes undermined quality of degrees as students were rushed through lectures to meet deadlines each time the action called off On his part Dr Aliyu Tilde Bauchi State Commissioner for Education has dismissed the strike as unnecessary considering its negative consequences on students and delivery of quality education He said that strikes retard the progress of education research and scholarship in the country Nigerians resident in the South West have also decried the incessant strikes in the nation s tertiary education system saying that the trend had negative impact on all sectors of life One such resident is the Vice Chancellor Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE Prof Abayomi Fasina who warned that incessant strikes destroying standards of education Fasina urged ASUU and the federal government to engage in peaceful dialogue on how to avert strikes in the overall interest of the country s image and future of students He noted that FUOYE had an academic calendar to ensure that students finished their course work and graduate as scheduled But with the current strike the free flow of academic activities has been altered Honestly strike is not good for the future of the children and the university system itself because it will have adverse effects on the standard of education and delay the academics of the students In private univeristies there is nothing like strike the students enjoy free flow of academic activities and will all graduate in record time without having to wait for their colleagues in public universities In developed countries there is nothing like strike this has really promoted their education sector to enviable heights Their students steady academic activities without delay or break but in Nigeria the reverse is the case Prof Femi Omotosho a lecturer in the Department of Political Science Ekiti State University EKSU opined that it was high time for ASUU members to devise other means rather than industrial action to press home their demands for improved welfare package from government If you deployed a system to get result for a very long time and it does not seem to be working courtesy demands that you restrategise go back to the drawing board and explore other means In this circumstances the system adopted is not working and negatively impacting on the system as well as future of our country he said While acknowledging that the welfare and wellbeing of workers remained paramount achieving that objective should not be to the detriment of the system itself There is need to evolve a new effective model of promoting workers interests without necessarily disrupting totally the productive sector of the economy or paralyse the activities of the institutions he said Mr Adedapo Julius a civil servant said that parents were the most affected when lecturers abandon the classes When strikes start our plans for the future of our children are literally being shattered When these children are at home you can see that they are not happy it saddens the heart to see your children unhappy It is during this time that some youths venture into some other businesses and eventually dump their academic pursuit because they found a faster way to secure a better future he said In Ibadan Oyo State Ms Delayo Ojo a student of the University of Ibadan said that strikes in the sector only add to the number of years scheduled for students to complete their studies You can t say you have a plan for education in Nigeria especially when you enroll for a four year course in tertiary institutions most likely you will use like five to six years I had no carry over yet I used almost six years for a four year course just because of ASUU strike I also used three years for my Master Programme instead of 18 months owing to ASUU strike she said Ojo said that many students had dropped out of schools especially those on study leave granted them they are halfway and yet to conclude their programmes due to strike they will have to return to their offices Mr Akin AbAboluwade a parent has blamed the selfishness of ASUU for the unending strikes Aboluwade opined that not all issues should end up in strikes
    Nigerians tired, youths losing interest in education– Survey
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    Nigerians tired, youths losing interest in education– Survey

    The statistics is frightening. In the last two decades, University teachers have gone on nationw strikes 16 times covering a cumulative period of 51 months.Local chapters of their umbrella body, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have also declared strikes in their respective institutions over local issues, some of them dragging through several months.On February 14, ASUU embarked on yet another strike, this time a warning one that carries a penalty of “total shut down” if the demands are not met.As the one month strike enters the fifth week, with anxious students and their parents waiting for the next action, a nationwide survey carried out Agency of Nigeria has shown that Nigerians are generally tired of the incessant strikes while many young people are feeling frustrated and losing interest in education.While some respondents begged government to strive toward a truce with the lecturers, others say that ASUU should consider other ways of dealing with the situation as the strikes had not solved their concerns.Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, Deputy National President, National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), for instance, believes that ASUU and their employers could sort out their differences without making the student the victim.“The strikes are becoming too worrisome. The development does not portray the country in good light  before the international community.“The strikes are making the youth to loose faith in education and consequently take to negative vices that may compromise their future.“I want to state that this development is dangerous to us as a nation.“It does not speak well of us as a nation that truly desires accelerated development and transformation.“Government should tackle this issue. It must go down to work, and quickly too, to revisit whatever demands the lecturers are making.“I understand that government is saying that it cannot afford to meet the demands of the 2009 agreement entered into, , with ASUU. But in seeking to revisit the agreement, there must be genuine commitment toward ensuring a lasting solution.”He also appealed to ASUU not to shun the meetings called “this will not lead us to anywhere”.“All parties should be commited to finding a common ground to the issues so that we can get the children back to the classrooms because it is the parents that bear the brunt of the impasse,” he said.For Prof. Rahamon Bello, the immediate past Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, the strikes are “a dangerous trend that has consistently weakened the fulfillment of the hopes, aspiration and dreams of the country’s youth”.According to him, the development is impacting negatively on every aspect of the country’s economy.“The rate of any nation’s ddevelopment is measured of education of its citizens; government must make it a priority.“We cannot be going back and forth on this issue that has been lingering for several years. It is bastardizing education in the country.“It is the reason why some of our children are seeking higher education elsewhere. The crisis between Ukraine and Russia has let us into knowing how many of our children are pursuing their studies there.“You can see how many of our youth have left this country in search of quality education and stable academic calendar. Nothing says we cannot achieve that,” he stated.He said, however, that aggrieved labour unions could go on strike as there could be the need to sanitise the system to create room for better conditions of service.The don explained that what the lecturers were agitating for had remained the same except for the salary platform that had to do with IPPIS and the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).“ASUU may have it’s own extremity but it means well for the nation. So we don’t throw away the ba bath water. There is the need to look critically critically into their demands.”Prof. Oluwole Familoni, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Research, University of Lagos, told that the development would heighten the crave for a short cut to success ’s youth.“The dangers inherent in keeping youth at home, who ordinary should be in school, cannot be overemphasised.“Again, seeking education outside the shores of the country goes along with foreign exchange, such trend may not be healthy for country’s economy.“If we fail to fix our system here, we drive these youth outside and this may lead us to loosing some of our best brains to these foreign countries. Besides, our youths may end up  with foreign cultures and we loose a lot.“Let government go back to the drawing board and do the needful to save our system. It must also strive to also promise what it can comfortably fulfill.“It must show sincerely of purpose its words are its bond. Reneging in agreement is disturbing and portray the country in bad light. The international people we are collaborating with us may no longer have faith in us and you know the implications of such.“Currently, I know there is a move to revisit the issue, but I think there must be an acceptable bargain so that we do not fight and run away,” the deputy vice chancellor stated.Also speaking, the Principal, King’s College, Lagos, Mr Andrew Agada, expressed fear that the strikes could plunge the country into further immorality and crimes such as Internet fraud, ritual killings and other vices.According to him, they will also lead to poor academic achievement that will produce half-baked graduates while dropout rates will continue to rise.Stakeholders in the South-East of the country have also expressed deep concern over the debilitating effect of ASUU strikes on education and quality of graduates from the system.A cross-section of respondents in that geopolitical zone was uimous that a permanent solution should be found interest groups to ensure a stable system that would produce qquality graduates from the nation’s universities.In Abia, a lecturer at the Abia State University, Uturu, Mr Destiny Isiguzo, said the frequent strikes teachers not only halt the academic calendar but threaten the future of the undergraduates.Isiguzo, a lecturer in the Department of English Language, said the impact of strikes could be appreciated when it is realised that students, who ought to graduate and proceed for the one-year national youth service, were usually delayed.He further said the development was also affecting the students in terms of job opportunities.According to him, the delayas continued to elongate students years of stay in the institution beyond their possible year of graduation.He said the implication was that some of them ended up exceeding the 30-year ceiling for the national youth service.“By extension, some of them also exceed certain age limit for employment, especially in the private sector.“It is also affecting us as lecturers because apart from making us idle, it is affecting us psychologically.“Don’t forget that some of us are also Ph.D students in other universities, so strikes are also delaying our programmes,” Isiguzo said.A student at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Miss Jennifer Okafor, said the frequent strikes had caused her so much pain.Okafor recalled how she lost a session due to last year’s strike, and had almost given up on education.“I’m supposed to be in my 400-level but I’m still in 300-level.We just started our first semester examination when this warning strike started and now I don’t know my fate,” she lamented.A parent, Mrs Chinyere Uchendu, decried the situation and appealed to the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve the crisis for the future of the children and education in the country.“Three of my children are in the university but are now back home doing nothing.“If this situation is not properly handled, most students could lose focus in life and made to indulge in social vices, such as internet fraud, armed robbery, banditry and kidnapping, amongst others,” she cautioned.In Imo, some respondents blamed the incessant industrial actions poor funding of the universities in the country.The Chairman, Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) chapter of ASUU, Mr Chinedu Ihejirika, said that strikes were tools in the hand of the union to press home its demands from the relevant authorities.Ihejirika said the Federal Government’s inability to keep to  aagreements ith the union was largely to blame for the incessant strikes.A parent, Mrs Patricia Chibuike, lamented the negative socio-economic and educational impact of persistent strikes on students.Chibuike said that strikes usually affected the academic performances and educational foundation of students.She wondered how the country could produce top-notch graduates that would proffer solutions to the nation’s multi-faceted challenges with such poor and unstable educational background.She appealed to ASUU to put the plight of parents and guardians into consideration and work out a modality to ameliorate the sufferings parents go through to train their children in school.On his part, Mr Philip Nna, the immediate past President, Student Union Government, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, near Owerri, urged ASUU to collaborate with student unions to proffer lasting solutions to the incessant strikes.According to him, this will not only make the students better informed, but elicit students’ understanding and actions that could aid ASUU’s negotiation with the government.Prof. Dennis Aribodor, a professor of Public Health Parasitology and former ASUU Chairman, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, described the effect of strikes on the nation as numerous.Aribodor said that aside from the nation losing its prime manpower to brain drain, it has also lost substantial international research funding.“The country also loses foreign exchange and experiences naira devaluation due to the chase for foreign currency to pay fees and services abroad.“The morale of lecturers in service delivery is weakened due to the lack of confidence in the system,” he said.Aribodor further said that students lost time and opportunities to advance themselves side-by-side their mates outside Nigeria.He said that many students, forced by ststrikes  remain in school above the national youth service 30-year age limit, have had to miss the opportunity and experience from the service.He said that Nigeria had also lost patronage from foreign students that had wished to study in the country.Aribodor said that on the economic side, strikes paralyse commercial activities on the campuses.According to him, food sellers, hawkers, local transporters, business centre operators are all forced to shut down during strikes.“The youths lose confidence in the system, engage in crime and social vices due to idleness,” he said, adding that the situation further vitiates patrotic zeal in them.Aribodor said that lecturers try to keep themselves productive during strikes, including looking elsewhere for greener pastures.“Some have even quit teaching for better jobs,” he said, adding that many lecturers lacked job satisfaction due to alleged government’s poor attitude to the nation’s education.Also, Dr Henry Duru, a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, UNIZIK, said that strikes not only disrupt the normal academic calendar but distort family plans.He said that he always used the periods of strikes to do some of his non-teaching activities, such as research and writing of academic papers.Meanwhile, the leaderships of the union at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike (AEFUNAI) and Ebonyi State University (EBSU) have urged Nigerians to prevail on government to address ASUU’s concerns.They contended that the union’s action was in the best interest of the Nigerian students.They said that ASUU’s demands were geared towards improving the quality of univesity education in the country.They also argued that  the current action, which began on Feb. 14, could have been averted, “if government had done the needful”.The Acting Chairman of ASUU in EBSU, Dr Ikechuku Igwenyi, rejected suggestions that ASUU was insensitive to the impact of thier action on students.It will amount to historical irresponsibility on our part to sit and watch, while the gains of our heroes past are being destroyed,” Igwenyi said.Meanwhile, Mr Ewa Chukwumaijem, the Coordinator, Zone F of S, comprising AEFUNAI and EBSU, has called for an end to the warning strike to pave the way for dialogue.Chukwumaijem said that incessant strikes in public universities were affecting the future of the students.He described strikes as ill-wind that blows no one good, adding that students, parents and guardians bear the brunt of ASUU strikes.He expressed worry that when eventually ASUU would settle its differences with the federal government, students, along with parents and guardians, would be left to lick their wound.According to Chukwumaijem, students will end up paying house rent for another session because they pay per session.“When you pay per session and the strike takes up the session, there is no way the landlord will allow you to stay in his property without paying again.“Again, those of us that are about 30 years may not be mobilised for the national youth service.“It is very painful that a four or five-year course would linger from seven to eight years. There is no how we can benefit from the strike.“ASUU should devise better ways to fight for its right while federal government should also learn to honour agreements in the overall interest of the innocent students,” Chukwumaijem said.In Enugu, Dr Sam Ugwu, lecturer at the Department of Public Administration, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) said that lecturers suffered the great impact of ASUU strikes as they were left doing nothing.According to Ugwu, lecturers are not happy seeing students roaming about simply because government failed to fulfill its agreements with ASUU.Nigerians resident in the North-West have equally expressed concern over the incessant ASUU strikes with many urging the Federal Government and ASUU to strive to end the impasse in the interest of the innocent students, their parents and the nation’s future.They voiced their concerns in a vox pop conducted Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States,Mrs Temitope Faseyitan, a resident of Kano, said that the frequency of  ASUU strikes was frustrating both parents and students.She said that strikes had made many parents and students to lose confidence in public universities.“During such actions, students become idle, making some of them to indulge in all sorts of criminal activities,” she said.A student, Yazid Tanko, said that strikes  always constitute setbacks to their educational pursuit.“A student who is supposed to graduate in four years, will have to spend six years because of the strike; we are saddened ,” he said.The ASUU Chairman, Bayero University, Kano chapter, Mr Haruna Musa, said the only solution to the recurring problem is for government to always honour agreements it entered into with the union.While agreeing that such disputes had negative consequences on tertiary education, he said but for such industrial actions, the story would have been different.“It is evidently clear that ASUU strike have impacted positively towards the revitalisation and improvement of infrastructure in the universities.“This has consequently assisted in producing graduates that have the required expertise and skills to contribute towards national  development.“Nigerians should remember that it was the 1992 ASUU strike that brought the Education Trust Fund (ETF);  it is purely a brain-child of ASUU, which subsequently metamorphosed to Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund).“It is the major educational intervention agency in Nigeria,” he said.The Chairman also said that during strikes, lecturers engage in both individual and group research as part of their contributions towards national development.“During the 2020 strike, ASUU members in BUK  developed an automatic ventilator machine and produced hand sanitizers for our local communities to help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic,” he claimed.In Zamfara, parents are urging government and ASUU to consider the plight of parents and students and resolve their differences through dialogue.They told in Gusau that they were fed up with the recurring impasse between ASUU and government.Alhaji Abba Abubakar, a parent, regretted that wards were being made to bear the consequences of strike actions, noting that most government officials and political office holders had options of sending their wards to study abroad.In his contribution, the Director, Quality Assurance, Zamfara Ministry of Education, Kabiru Magami, said that ASUU strikes were always a serious set back to education.“The matter is beyond the Federal Government and ASUU;  everyone must put hands on deck towards resolving the issues as the consequences can affect the unity, peace and security of the nation,” he said.Mikailu Abdullah, a final year student in the Department of Biological Sciences, Federal University, Gusau, has also expressed concern over the strikes that were “stagnating our future”.“ COVID-19 and previous industrial actions set us back as we were supposed to complete our four years degree programme last year.“Now, with this strike again, no one knows when we shall graduate,” he lamented.In Kaduna,  some lecturers said the ongoing industrial action was the only option left that would force government fulfill its pledges.Mr Peter Adamu ,Chairman of ASUU,  Kaduna State University  (KASU) Chapter, said the union had exhausted  all other options before deciding to use the strike action.“Nigeria is blessed with very qualitative lecturers, but the facilities are not available which affects us negatively,” he said.According to him, lecturers engage in three activities, namely teaching, research and community service, adding that the strike action will affect the teaching job only.In  Sokoto State, parents say the frequent strikes have  placed additional burden on them and heightened the challenges of insecurity in the country.Malam Muhammadu Shehu, a farmer, described the situation as a ‘disaster’ as idle students could take to all sorts of unwholesome activities.Also speaking to , Malam Saidu Mainasara, a primary school teacher, said that the strikes had continued to discourage both the students and their parents.“On the part of the students, the action taken the production of half-baked graduates that are not qualified to handle tasks assigned to them.“On the part of parents, we are not getting any younger and our ficial capacity to handle payment of fees is gradually diminishing,” he said.Students of University of Jos have also appealed to the Federal Government and ASUU to find a common ground toward ending the incessant strikes in the universities.They made the appeal while reacting to the ongoing strike embarked upon .The students urged the duo to return to the negotiating table with a view to finding a lasting solution to the issues.Miss Edlyn Pam, a 400-level student of Mass Communication, decried the incessant strikes, saying that they had constituted a stumbling block to her academic journey.She regretted that the strikes delayed her graduation, noting that academic calendars in public universities were no longer predictable.“I have spent six years pursuing a course I should have completed in four years; I’m not even sure when I’m going to graduate.“ I will be graduating, I may be above 30 years’ old and will not be eligible to go for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).“So, I’m pleading with the gederal government and ASUU to reach a sincere agreement so as to ssave he future of university education in the country,” she appealed.Another student, Kwaptoe Fred, said that both the ASUU and the federal government should be sensitive to the plights of students.He called on both parties to sheathe their sswords in the interest of future generation which he said is currently bleak because of frequent strikes by lecturers.“To me, the demands of ASUU are genuine, but their approach to the whole thing sometimes looks wrong.“They say that when two elephants fight, the ground becomes the victims; the students in this case are the victims.“So, we are appealing to both the ASUU and the Federal Government to return to the negotiating table and find a common ground for the sake of future generation,” Fred appealed.But the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU) branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Lapai, Niger, has said that the series of nationwide strike would bring about qualitative tertiary education for the country.Dr Kudu Dangana, Chairman, ASUU, IBBU, Lapai, told that the situation might have some negative effects on the students, but not going on strike will be worse for them.“If we don’t act, government will completely abandon its  responsibility of funding tertiary education,“The situation in tertiary schools will be like  what we have in public primary and secondary schools in the country,” he said.The public perception of the strikes is the same in the South-South of the country with residents regretted the negative effects on all strata of the society.Mr Patrick Titus, a parent, said that ASUU’s strikes were largely to blame for the myriad of vices commited .He said that strikes also hurt parents economically as they were forced to pay double school and accommodation fees.“As a parent, if your son is to do a four-year course, you budget for the period.“But with the incessant strikes, there is no guarantee that a four years programme will not extend to six years with the attendant consequences,” he said.The President, Students Union Government (SUG), University of Uyo, Mr Wisdom Emmanuel,  said that incessant strikes ASUU over the years had crippled educational system in the country.Emmanuel said that because of strikes, students were no longer sure of the duration of their academic programmes.He said the menace had pushed some students into crimes and made some others loose interest in education, opting to pursue other forms of trade for quick money.“As you know, an idle mind is a devil’s workshop. During strike, students use the opportunity to engage on things they shouldn’t do,” he said.A 300 level student of English and Literature at the University of Benin, El Shaddai Chinedu, said that ASUU strikes were lowering the quality of graduates.“The school has just resumed and the course outlines have not been released. When we are eventually called back, everything will be rushed and we will be under undue pressure,” he fumed.UNIBEN SUG President, Foster Amadin, said many students would find it difficult to easily settle for academic activities when the strike is eventually called off.“We don’t need more frustration. We are tired of being frustrated. We are only begging; let’s go back to our classes and resume lectures.”A lecturer at the University of Abuja, Mr Tobechukwu Ogueze, regretted that ASUU strikes had promoted the establishment of expensive private institutions of learning across the country.“The effect is that standards will fall because some of these private universities are not properly regulated.“Many Nigerian students are held up in war-thorn Ukraine. Most of them have made their ways to Hungary, Poland and other European countries.“Some of them don’t want to come back to Nigeria because ir is ASUU strikes that will welcome them,” he said.A civil servant and parent in Asaba, Mr Ilevare Akhimie, said that frequent strikes devastating effect on the nation’s educational sector.“The effect of strike is manifested in the work place; graduates employed into the public and private sectors are unable to defend their certificates.“Many lecturers are engaged in teaching in private universities, while others are engaged in other form of business to get the family going.“Unending strikes have made our students and young generation loss hope in our educational sector, unlike in some Africa countries,” he said.Miss Ijeoma Ebiti, a computer scientist in Festus Ajuru University, said that ducation was the engine that drives economic and technological development of any nation, and should not be allowed to suffer.“Our leaders should give education its pride of place in order to move this country forward,” he said.Bunmi Harry, a final year student of the Department of Economics, Rivers State University, urged the Federal Government to resolve its issues with ASUU to enable the striking lecturers to return to class.According to her, the frequent strikes have made many students lose interest in pursuing their studies.On his part, Dr Williams Wodi, a lecturer and member of ASUU in UNIPORT, said the negative effect of the strikes was that more Nigerians would continue to send their children to study in foreign countries.Wodi disclosed that data made available in 2017 showed that parents spent about N82 billion to educate their children in Ghanaian universities alone.“This excludes the several other countries where Nigerian students go to study.“The quality of education in those nations may not even be as good as it is in Nigeria, but the signal this creates to the international community is that our education system is inferior,” he said.Stakeholders in the North-East have also expressed disdain over incessant strikes ASUU and described it as major set back in Nigeria’s quest for development.Some of them told in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe States that the trend was “disturbing,” as it exposes students to examination malpractice, drug abuse, crimes and social vices.Usman Ibrahim, a student in Maiduguri, said the nagging industrial action deny education to the youths and exposes them to poverty and vices.Mercy Yohanna and Abdulrasheed Musa,  also students, said the incessant strike often results to poor quality of graduates being produced in the country.Similarly, Usman Wali, President, Students Union Government, Yobe State University, described strikes as  causing “sadness, frustration and hopelessness, especially among final year students”.“The state of despair and idleness caused always tempt students to engage in drug abuse with the hope of forgetting about their predicament.“It is a common knowledge that crime rate among students increases during strike because of prolong idleness and peer influence.”Wali noted that apart from delaying graduation of students, frequent strikes undermined quality of degrees as students were rushed through lectures to meet deadlines each time the action called off.On his part, Dr Aliyu Tilde, Bauchi State Commissioner for Education, has dismissed the strike as unnecessary considering its negative consequences on students and delivery of quality education.He said that strikes retard the progress of education, research and scholarship in the country.Nigerians resident in the South-West have also decried the incessant strikes in the nation’s tertiary education system, saying that the trend had negative impact on all sectors of life.One such resident is the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) Prof. Abayomi Fasina, who warned that incessant strikes destroying standards of education.Fasina urged ASUU and the federal government to engage in peaceful dialogue on how to avert strikes, in the overall interest of the country’s image and future of students.He noted that FUOYE had an academic calendar to ensure that students finished their course work and graduate as scheduled.“But with the current strike, the free flow of academic activities has been altered.“Honestly, strike is not good for the future of the children and the university system itself, because it will have adverse effects on the standard of education and delay the academics of the students.“In private univeristies, there is nothing like strike; the students enjoy free flow of  academic activities and will all graduate in record time without having to wait for their colleagues in public universities.“In developed countries, there is nothing like strike, this has really promoted their education sector to enviable heights. Their students steady academic activities without delay or break, but in Nigeria, the reverse is the case.”Prof. Femi Omotosho, a lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Ekiti State University (EKSU), opined that it was high time for ASUU members to devise other means, rather than industrial action, to press home their demands for improved welfare package from government.“If you deployed a system to get result for a very long time, and it does not seem to be working, courtesy demands that you restrategise, go back to the  drawing board and explore other means“In this circumstances, the system adopted is not working and negatively impacting on the system as well as future of our country,” he said.While acknowledging that the welfare and wellbeing of workers remained paramount, achieving that objective should not be to the detriment of the system itself.“There is need to evolve a new effective model of promoting workers’ interests without necessarily disrupting totally the productive sector of the economy or paralyse the activities of the institutions,” he said.Mr Adedapo Julius, a civil servant, said that parents were the most affected when lecturers abandon the classes.“When strikes start, our plans for the future of our children are literally being shattered.“When these children are at home, you can see that they are not happy, it saddens the heart to see your children unhappy.“It is during this time that some youths venture into some other businesses and eventually dump their academic pursuit because they found a faster way to secure a better future,” he said.In Ibadan, Oyo State, Ms Delayo Ojo, a student of the University of Ibadan, said that strikes in the sector only add to the number of years scheduled for students to complete their studies.“You can’t say you have a plan for education in Nigeria, especially when you enroll for a four-year course in tertiary institutions, most likely, you will use like five to six years.“I had no carry over, yet I used almost six years for a four-year course, just because of ASUU strike.“I also used three years for my Master Programme, instead of 18 months, owing to ASUU strike,” she said.Ojo said that many students had dropped out of schools, especially those on study leave granted them .“ they are halfway and yet to conclude their programmes, due to strike, they will have to return to their offices.Mr Akin AbAboluwade, a parent, has blamed the selfishness of ASUU for the unending strikes.Aboluwade opined that not all issues should end up in strikes.

  •   By Adedeji Egbebi Prof Abayomi Fasina Vice Chancellor Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE on Tuesday dismissed reports that the institution was planning a mass sack of its workers We have no plans to sack anyone any rumour in that direction is false The governing council is not thinking in that direction Fasina told the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Oye Ekiti He said that the institution was committed to the welfare of the members of staff urging them to ignore the negative rumours and focus on quality service delivery Members of the governing council have specifically directed that no matter what happens no staff of the university should be sacked Deployments from one schedule of duty to another may happen as part of normal administrative processes but no one will be sacked Fasina declared NAN recalls that the governing council recently queried the processes of a recent recruitment exercise after it generated some controversy a situation that created the fears that some of the workers may be sacked NAN NAN
    We have no plans to sack anyone, FUOYE VC says
      By Adedeji Egbebi Prof Abayomi Fasina Vice Chancellor Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE on Tuesday dismissed reports that the institution was planning a mass sack of its workers We have no plans to sack anyone any rumour in that direction is false The governing council is not thinking in that direction Fasina told the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Oye Ekiti He said that the institution was committed to the welfare of the members of staff urging them to ignore the negative rumours and focus on quality service delivery Members of the governing council have specifically directed that no matter what happens no staff of the university should be sacked Deployments from one schedule of duty to another may happen as part of normal administrative processes but no one will be sacked Fasina declared NAN recalls that the governing council recently queried the processes of a recent recruitment exercise after it generated some controversy a situation that created the fears that some of the workers may be sacked NAN NAN
    We have no plans to sack anyone, FUOYE VC says
    Education2 years ago

    We have no plans to sack anyone, FUOYE VC says

    By Adedeji Egbebi

    Prof. Abayomi Fasina, Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), on Tuesday dismissed reports that the institution was planning a mass sack of its workers.

    “We have no plans to sack anyone; any rumour in that direction is false. The governing council is not thinking in that direction,” Fasina told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Oye-Ekiti.

    He said that the institution was committed to the welfare of the members of staff, urging them to ignore the negative rumours and focus on quality service delivery.

    “Members of the governing council have specifically directed that no matter what happens, no staff of the university should be sacked.

    “Deployments from one schedule of duty to another may happen as part of normal administrative processes, but no one will be sacked,” Fasina declared.

    NAN recalls that the governing council recently queried the processes of a recent recruitment exercise after it generated some controversy, a situation that created the fears that some of the workers may be sacked. (NAN)

    (NAN)

  •   The Congress of the University Academics CONUA says its members are willing to resume work as soon as the Federal Government reopen the universities CONUA National Secretary Dr Henri Oripeloye said this while paying a courtesy visit on the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE Prof Kayode Soremekun in Oye Ekiti on Monday Oripeloye said that the members of the union were ready to work as soon as directive was given by the government that academic work should resume in the universities We have our members who are fully ready to work there are other members of other unions even factions of Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU who are ready to go back to work I want to appeal to the federal government to consider other unions who are not part of ASUU s fight to resume academic work in various universities I want to equally appreciate the Vice Chancellor for his support to our members he said In his remarks Soremekun expressed his delight over the visit The fact that CONUA took off from Obafemi Awolowo University OAU is not an accident I want to commend your courage and steadfastness please stick to your principles be consistent because if the union are not careful the union may end up like other unions too The CONUA has set out on a path sooner or later history will commend you he said The VC assured the union that his administration will promote workers annually as stipulated by law especially those who merited such promotion in spite of the fact that ASUU was against that He added that the promotion exercise for 2020 would be announced by the authorities soon Oripeloye was accompanied by CONUA National Publicity Coordinator Dr Ernest Nwoke and the National Legal Adviser and Coordinator FUOYE chapter Mr Ayodeji Ige Edited By Modupe Adeloye Ali Baba Inuwa Source NAN
    University lecturers ready to resume work says union
      The Congress of the University Academics CONUA says its members are willing to resume work as soon as the Federal Government reopen the universities CONUA National Secretary Dr Henri Oripeloye said this while paying a courtesy visit on the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE Prof Kayode Soremekun in Oye Ekiti on Monday Oripeloye said that the members of the union were ready to work as soon as directive was given by the government that academic work should resume in the universities We have our members who are fully ready to work there are other members of other unions even factions of Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU who are ready to go back to work I want to appeal to the federal government to consider other unions who are not part of ASUU s fight to resume academic work in various universities I want to equally appreciate the Vice Chancellor for his support to our members he said In his remarks Soremekun expressed his delight over the visit The fact that CONUA took off from Obafemi Awolowo University OAU is not an accident I want to commend your courage and steadfastness please stick to your principles be consistent because if the union are not careful the union may end up like other unions too The CONUA has set out on a path sooner or later history will commend you he said The VC assured the union that his administration will promote workers annually as stipulated by law especially those who merited such promotion in spite of the fact that ASUU was against that He added that the promotion exercise for 2020 would be announced by the authorities soon Oripeloye was accompanied by CONUA National Publicity Coordinator Dr Ernest Nwoke and the National Legal Adviser and Coordinator FUOYE chapter Mr Ayodeji Ige Edited By Modupe Adeloye Ali Baba Inuwa Source NAN
    University lecturers ready to resume work says union
    Education2 years ago

    University lecturers ready to resume work says union

    The Congress of the University Academics(CONUA) says its members are willing to resume work as soon as the Federal Government reopen the universities.

    CONUA National Secretary, Dr Henri Oripeloye, said this while paying a courtesy visit on the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti(FUOYE), Prof. Kayode Soremekun in Oye -Ekiti on Monday.

    Oripeloye said that the members of the union were ready to work as soon as directive was given by the government that academic work should resume in the universities.

    ” We have our members who are fully ready to work, there are other members of other unions, even factions of Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) who are ready to go back to work.

    “I want to appeal to the federal government to consider other unions who are not part of ASUU’s fight to resume academic work in various universities.

    ” I want to equally appreciate the Vice Chancellor for his support to our members,” he said.

    In his remarks, Soremekun expressed his delight over the visit.

    ” The fact that CONUA took off from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is not an accident.

    ” I want to commend your courage and steadfastness, please stick to your principles, be consistent because if the union are not careful, the union may end up like other unions too.

    ” The CONUA has set out on a path sooner or later history will commend you,” he said.

    The VC assured the union that his administration will promote workers annually as stipulated by law especially those who merited such promotion, in spite of the fact that ASUU was against that.

    He added that the promotion exercise for 2020 would be announced by the authorities soon.

    Oripeloye was accompanied by CONUA National Publicity Coordinator, Dr Ernest Nwoke; and the National Legal Adviser and Coordinator, FUOYE chapter, Mr Ayodeji Ige.


    Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Ali Baba-Inuwa
    Source: NAN

  •  A security guard with the Federal University of Oye Ekiti FUOYE Mr Matthew Malik has been killed by unknown gunmen The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the body of the 62 year old man was said to have been found in his farm on Thursday in Oye Ekiti Oye Local Government area of the state Son of the deceased John Malik who spoke with newsmen in Ado Ekiti the state capital said that his father might have been killed over the misunderstanding he reportedly had with an unnamed person as regards the land where he was doing his farming My dad was a security man in FUOYE and on that day he was scheduled to go to work in the afternoon but decided to first visit his farm in the morning It was his people in the university who called us that he had yet to resume in his duty post We immediately raised a search party only to meet him dead in the farm He called on security agents to do thorough investigation on the killing of his father with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book In his reaction the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO of the state police command ASP Sunday Abutu confirmed the killing saying that the command had commenced investigation to unravel the killers Yes I can confirm that the man was attacked in his farm and we have started investigation into the unfortunate incident We will ensure that the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law Abutu said Edited by Wale Sadeeq
    Unknown gunmen kill FUOYE’s security guard
     A security guard with the Federal University of Oye Ekiti FUOYE Mr Matthew Malik has been killed by unknown gunmen The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the body of the 62 year old man was said to have been found in his farm on Thursday in Oye Ekiti Oye Local Government area of the state Son of the deceased John Malik who spoke with newsmen in Ado Ekiti the state capital said that his father might have been killed over the misunderstanding he reportedly had with an unnamed person as regards the land where he was doing his farming My dad was a security man in FUOYE and on that day he was scheduled to go to work in the afternoon but decided to first visit his farm in the morning It was his people in the university who called us that he had yet to resume in his duty post We immediately raised a search party only to meet him dead in the farm He called on security agents to do thorough investigation on the killing of his father with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book In his reaction the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO of the state police command ASP Sunday Abutu confirmed the killing saying that the command had commenced investigation to unravel the killers Yes I can confirm that the man was attacked in his farm and we have started investigation into the unfortunate incident We will ensure that the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law Abutu said Edited by Wale Sadeeq
    Unknown gunmen kill FUOYE’s security guard
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    Unknown gunmen kill FUOYE’s security guard

    A security guard with the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Mr Matthew Malik, has been killed by unknown gunmen.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the body of the 62-year-old man was said to have been found in his farm on Thursday in Oye-Ekiti, Oye Local Government area of the state.

    Son of the deceased, John Malik, who spoke with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, said that his father might have been killed over the misunderstanding he reportedly had with an unnamed person as regards the land where he was doing his farming.

    “My dad was a security man in FUOYE, and on that day, he was scheduled to go to work in the afternoon but decided to first visit his farm in the morning.

    “It was his people in the university who called us that he had yet to resume in his duty post. We immediately raised a search party only to meet him dead in the farm.

    He called on security agents to do thorough investigation on the killing of his father, with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.

    In his reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state police command, ASP. Sunday Abutu, confirmed the killing, saying that the command had commenced investigation to unravel the killers.

    Yes I can confirm that the man was attacked in his farm and we have started investigation into the unfortunate incident.

    “We will ensure that the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted, in accordance with the law,” Abutu said.

    Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

  •  The Governing Council of the Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE on Friday said that the Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Abayomi Fasina has been exonerated from the allegations of wrong payment of salaries The council s committee presided over by Prof Patrick Okolo made the declaration in a statement signed and issued in Oye Ekiti The statement reads Allegations levelled against Prof Abayomi Fasina bordering on collection of double salaries was frivolous unfounded baseless and antagonistic Prof Fasina was duly appointed on sabbatical on Jan 1 2015 in FUOYE having been duly released by his then employers Ekiti State University EKSU The committee cannot establish any case of double salaries paid to him between Oct 2016 and Feb 2017 He was paid salary of a professor on sabbatical instead of that of a visiting professor Even though he used accumulated leave of 189 days from Jan 4 2016 to Sept 22 2016 at FUOYE this leave was duly approved via a letter Fasina did not only inform the university authorities through a letter he actually refunded the money a total sum of N720 000 at N120 000 per month between March 2017 and Aug 2017 Based on the allegations of concurrent appointment the committee noted that his tenure appointment did not at any time overlap The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee resolved that the allegations came from anonymous sources and should not have been considered Members of the council s committee were Prof Kester Ojokheter then Dean of Education Dr Chika Asogwu a lecturer in the Mass Communication department Mr Suleiman Usman Head Internal Audit and Mrs Blessing Eyiolorunpe Secretary Edited By Vincent Obi Source NAN
    FUOYE council exonerates Deputy VC over double salary payments
     The Governing Council of the Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE on Friday said that the Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Abayomi Fasina has been exonerated from the allegations of wrong payment of salaries The council s committee presided over by Prof Patrick Okolo made the declaration in a statement signed and issued in Oye Ekiti The statement reads Allegations levelled against Prof Abayomi Fasina bordering on collection of double salaries was frivolous unfounded baseless and antagonistic Prof Fasina was duly appointed on sabbatical on Jan 1 2015 in FUOYE having been duly released by his then employers Ekiti State University EKSU The committee cannot establish any case of double salaries paid to him between Oct 2016 and Feb 2017 He was paid salary of a professor on sabbatical instead of that of a visiting professor Even though he used accumulated leave of 189 days from Jan 4 2016 to Sept 22 2016 at FUOYE this leave was duly approved via a letter Fasina did not only inform the university authorities through a letter he actually refunded the money a total sum of N720 000 at N120 000 per month between March 2017 and Aug 2017 Based on the allegations of concurrent appointment the committee noted that his tenure appointment did not at any time overlap The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee resolved that the allegations came from anonymous sources and should not have been considered Members of the council s committee were Prof Kester Ojokheter then Dean of Education Dr Chika Asogwu a lecturer in the Mass Communication department Mr Suleiman Usman Head Internal Audit and Mrs Blessing Eyiolorunpe Secretary Edited By Vincent Obi Source NAN
    FUOYE council exonerates Deputy VC over double salary payments
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    FUOYE council exonerates Deputy VC over double salary payments

    The Governing Council of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), on Friday said that the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, has been exonerated from the allegations of wrong payment of salaries.

    The council’s committee, presided over by Prof. Patrick Okolo, made the declaration in a statement signed and issued in Oye-Ekiti.

    “The statement reads “Allegations levelled against Prof. Abayomi Fasina, bordering on collection of double salaries was frivolous, unfounded, baseless and antagonistic.

    “Prof. Fasina was duly appointed on sabbatical on Jan. 1, 2015 in FUOYE, having been duly released by his then employers, Ekiti State University (EKSU).

    “The committee cannot establish any case of double salaries paid to him between Oct. 2016 and Feb. 2017.

    “He was paid salary of a professor on sabbatical instead of that of a visiting professor.

    “Even though he used accumulated leave of 189 days from Jan. 4, 2016 to Sept. 22, 2016 at FUOYE, this leave was duly approved via a letter.

    “Fasina did not only inform the university authorities through a letter,  he actually refunded the money, a total sum of N720,000 at N120,000 per month between March, 2017 and Aug. 2017”.

    Based on the allegations of concurrent appointment, the committee noted that his tenure appointment did not at any time overlap.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee resolved that the allegations came from anonymous sources and should not have been considered.

    Members of the council’s committee were Prof. Kester Ojokheter, then Dean of Education, Dr Chika Asogwu, a lecturer in the Mass Communication department, Mr Suleiman Usman, Head Internal Audit, and Mrs Blessing Eyiolorunpe, Secretary.


    Edited By: Vincent Obi
    Source: NAN

  •  The Congress of University Academics CONUA Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE chapter on Wednesday said the allegations made against Prof Kayode Soremekun the institution s Vice Chancellor by Akure zonal branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU was false The chairman of the the congress Ayodeji Ige and secretary Omofunmi Olorunwa made this disclosure in a statement they signed and made available to newsmen in Oye Ekiti In the statement the congress stated that the content of the purported press conference addressed on behalf of FUOYE ASUU was not only false but misleading as the FUOYE Exco of the union had not discussed it at any meeting We wish to reiterate that all the issues raised during the press conference were an attempt to tarnish the positive image of the university its management and the reputation of the Vice Chancellor Can the zonal ASUU know about the internal affairs of FUOYE more than the ASUU members and Exco from FUOYE This is the case of somebody else weeping louder than the bereaved The press conference by the zonal branch of ASUU about the university is an indication of its failure to abide by simple norms of consultation before rushing to the media The content of the press conference is devoid of facts lacking in merit The thought provoked in the press conference is a mere figment of its imagination We members of CONUA FUOYE chapter dissociate ourselves from the press conference and affirm our solidarity with the Vice Chancellor the university community and Nigeria at large However we do not speak for other factions of ASUU in FUOYE rather we are only speaking for members of CONUA in FUOYE the statement added NAN recalls that on Aug 15 the zonal branch of ASUU Akure zone addressed a press conference accusing FUOYE s VC of misappropriating funds and recruiting staff without any authorisation from the Federal Government or the governing council The press conference also alleged that the management of the university had not been taking care of the staff
    Allegations: CONUA exonerates FUOYE VC
     The Congress of University Academics CONUA Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE chapter on Wednesday said the allegations made against Prof Kayode Soremekun the institution s Vice Chancellor by Akure zonal branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU was false The chairman of the the congress Ayodeji Ige and secretary Omofunmi Olorunwa made this disclosure in a statement they signed and made available to newsmen in Oye Ekiti In the statement the congress stated that the content of the purported press conference addressed on behalf of FUOYE ASUU was not only false but misleading as the FUOYE Exco of the union had not discussed it at any meeting We wish to reiterate that all the issues raised during the press conference were an attempt to tarnish the positive image of the university its management and the reputation of the Vice Chancellor Can the zonal ASUU know about the internal affairs of FUOYE more than the ASUU members and Exco from FUOYE This is the case of somebody else weeping louder than the bereaved The press conference by the zonal branch of ASUU about the university is an indication of its failure to abide by simple norms of consultation before rushing to the media The content of the press conference is devoid of facts lacking in merit The thought provoked in the press conference is a mere figment of its imagination We members of CONUA FUOYE chapter dissociate ourselves from the press conference and affirm our solidarity with the Vice Chancellor the university community and Nigeria at large However we do not speak for other factions of ASUU in FUOYE rather we are only speaking for members of CONUA in FUOYE the statement added NAN recalls that on Aug 15 the zonal branch of ASUU Akure zone addressed a press conference accusing FUOYE s VC of misappropriating funds and recruiting staff without any authorisation from the Federal Government or the governing council The press conference also alleged that the management of the university had not been taking care of the staff
    Allegations: CONUA exonerates FUOYE VC
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    Allegations: CONUA exonerates FUOYE VC

    The Congress of University Academics (CONUA), Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) chapter, on Wednesday, said the allegations made against Prof. Kayode Soremekun, the institution’s Vice Chancellor by Akure zonal branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)) was false.

    The chairman of the the congress, Ayodeji Ige and secretary, Omofunmi Olorunwa, made this disclosure in a statement they signed and made available to newsmen in Oye -Ekiti.

    In the statement, the congress stated that the content of the purported press conference addressed on behalf of FUOYE ASUU was not only false but misleading as the FUOYE Exco of the union had not discussed it at any meeting.

    “We wish to reiterate that all the issues raised during the press conference were an attempt to tarnish the positive image of the university, its management and the reputation of the Vice Chancellor.

    “Can the zonal ASUU know about the internal affairs of FUOYE more than the ASUU members and Exco from FUOYE? This is the case of somebody else weeping louder than the bereaved.

    “The press conference by the zonal branch of ASUU about the university is an indication of its failure to abide by simple norms of consultation before rushing to the media.

    “The content of the press conference is devoid of facts, lacking in merit. The thought provoked in the press conference is a mere figment of its imagination.

    “We, members of CONUA FUOYE chapter, dissociate ourselves from the press conference and affirm our solidarity with the Vice Chancellor, the university community and Nigeria at large.

    “However, we do not speak for other factions of ASUU in FUOYE, rather, we are only speaking for members of CONUA in FUOYE,” the statement added.

    NAN recalls that on Aug. 15, the zonal branch of ASUU, Akure zone, addressed a press conference accusing FUOYE’s VC of misappropriating funds and recruiting staff without any authorisation from the Federal Government or the governing council.

    The press conference also alleged that the management of the university had not been taking care of the staff.

  •  Students of some tertiary institutions in Ekiti state have appealed to the Federal Government to reopen schools nationwide to enable them continue their studies Some of the students who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Ikole Ekiti harped on the need for government to reopen the schools to allow for unhindered academic activities NAN reports that the Federal Government had on March 13 announced the closure of all schools across the country due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic The students said that they were tired of staying at home without engaging in any productive activity for the past three months David Ajayi a 400 level student of the Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE appealed to the Federal Government to expedite action in curbing the spread of COVID 19 in the country Ajay said that he had been finding it difficult carrying out research works on his final project Miss Bolanle Ogunsakin a 300 level students of Obafemi Awolowo University OAU also complained of boredom noting that reading at home was not conducive Also Adegoke Adegboyega a 200 level student of Ekiti State University EKSU urged the state and the federal government to reopen the schools saying that some students had been engaging in unwholesome activities as a result of idleness Adegboyega advised government to find permanent solution to the rate at which the deadly virus was spreading in the country Miss Motunrayo Ibitoye student of the Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti also called on the government to reopen the schools to save the education sector in the country According to her she is very anxious to go back to school while praying God to put a stop to the COVID 19 pandemic in Nigeria Edited By Chinyere Bassey and NAN Wale Sadeeq
    Ekiti students urge FG to reopen tertiary institutions
     Students of some tertiary institutions in Ekiti state have appealed to the Federal Government to reopen schools nationwide to enable them continue their studies Some of the students who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Ikole Ekiti harped on the need for government to reopen the schools to allow for unhindered academic activities NAN reports that the Federal Government had on March 13 announced the closure of all schools across the country due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic The students said that they were tired of staying at home without engaging in any productive activity for the past three months David Ajayi a 400 level student of the Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE appealed to the Federal Government to expedite action in curbing the spread of COVID 19 in the country Ajay said that he had been finding it difficult carrying out research works on his final project Miss Bolanle Ogunsakin a 300 level students of Obafemi Awolowo University OAU also complained of boredom noting that reading at home was not conducive Also Adegoke Adegboyega a 200 level student of Ekiti State University EKSU urged the state and the federal government to reopen the schools saying that some students had been engaging in unwholesome activities as a result of idleness Adegboyega advised government to find permanent solution to the rate at which the deadly virus was spreading in the country Miss Motunrayo Ibitoye student of the Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti also called on the government to reopen the schools to save the education sector in the country According to her she is very anxious to go back to school while praying God to put a stop to the COVID 19 pandemic in Nigeria Edited By Chinyere Bassey and NAN Wale Sadeeq
    Ekiti students urge FG to reopen tertiary institutions
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    Ekiti students urge FG to reopen tertiary institutions

    Students of some tertiary institutions in Ekiti state have appealed to the Federal Government to reopen schools nationwide to enable them continue their studies.
    Some of the students, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Ikole-Ekiti, harped on the need for government to reopen the schools to allow for unhindered academic activities.
    NAN reports that the Federal Government had, on March 13, announced the closure of all schools across the country due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
    The students said that they were tired of staying at home without engaging in any productive activity for the past three months.
    David Ajayi, a 400-level student of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), appealed to the Federal Government to expedite action in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
    Ajay said that he had been finding it difficult carrying out research works on his final project.
    Miss Bolanle Ogunsakin, a 300-level students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), also complained of boredom, noting that reading at home was not conducive.
    Also, Adegoke Adegboyega, a 200-level student of Ekiti State University (EKSU), urged the state and the federal government to reopen the schools, saying that some students had been engaging in unwholesome activities as a result of idleness.
    Adegboyega advised government to find permanent solution to the rate at which the deadly virus was spreading in the country.
    Miss Motunrayo Ibitoye, student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, also called on the government to reopen the schools to save the education sector in the country.
    According to her, she is very anxious to go back to school, while praying God to put a stop to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.


    Edited By: Chinyere Bassey and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

  •  The Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE has appealed to journalists to be fair and objective in their reportage of events or issues concerning the university and its management Mr Adeyinka Ademuyiwa the Deputy Director Corporate Services of the university made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Oye Ekiti Ademuyiwa said that the management of the institution had observed that whenever there are internal issues some journalists often compromise the ethics of the profession by writing with bias and not balancing the stories According to him some journalists normally use fake identity and anonymous by lines so as to avoid being traced to their media organisation Ademuyiwa however commended media professionals such as those working with the News Agency of Nigeria Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria FRCN Nigeria Television Authority NTA Guardian Punch Nigerian Tribune The Nation and Vanguard He frowned at many of those using news sites online blogs and other news platforms to destroy the good image of the university He urged the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Ekiti chapter to sanction poorly trained reporters and quacks who are determined to destroy the good profession Ademuyiwa also appealed to journalists to always verify every information and issues from the university corporate services department before publishing any story that could tarnish the image of the institution I want to appeal to all our media practitioners the private state and federal owned media outfits to always ensure that they verify the authenticity of the information given to them by any person FUOYE is one of the fastest growing federal universities in Nigeria and it is normal for any group of people to be envious of the institution s rapid development We are not asking journalists not to discharge their duties but what we have observed is that stories that are capable of destroying the image of the university are being given wide publication which is not pleasant I want to assure all our media practitioners in Ekiti that our doors are open for anyone who wish to clarify any information about the university The Vice Chancellor Prof Kayode Soremekun was a media specialist who had worked with several print media in Nigeria and he loves journalism He expects journalists to approach him to clarify issues and not to go about blackmailing the management of the university he said Ademuyiwa assured journalists that the management of university would continue to partner with them in the discharge of their journalistic duties Edited By Muftau Adediran Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    FUOYE urges journalists to be fair in news reportage
     The Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE has appealed to journalists to be fair and objective in their reportage of events or issues concerning the university and its management Mr Adeyinka Ademuyiwa the Deputy Director Corporate Services of the university made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Oye Ekiti Ademuyiwa said that the management of the institution had observed that whenever there are internal issues some journalists often compromise the ethics of the profession by writing with bias and not balancing the stories According to him some journalists normally use fake identity and anonymous by lines so as to avoid being traced to their media organisation Ademuyiwa however commended media professionals such as those working with the News Agency of Nigeria Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria FRCN Nigeria Television Authority NTA Guardian Punch Nigerian Tribune The Nation and Vanguard He frowned at many of those using news sites online blogs and other news platforms to destroy the good image of the university He urged the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Ekiti chapter to sanction poorly trained reporters and quacks who are determined to destroy the good profession Ademuyiwa also appealed to journalists to always verify every information and issues from the university corporate services department before publishing any story that could tarnish the image of the institution I want to appeal to all our media practitioners the private state and federal owned media outfits to always ensure that they verify the authenticity of the information given to them by any person FUOYE is one of the fastest growing federal universities in Nigeria and it is normal for any group of people to be envious of the institution s rapid development We are not asking journalists not to discharge their duties but what we have observed is that stories that are capable of destroying the image of the university are being given wide publication which is not pleasant I want to assure all our media practitioners in Ekiti that our doors are open for anyone who wish to clarify any information about the university The Vice Chancellor Prof Kayode Soremekun was a media specialist who had worked with several print media in Nigeria and he loves journalism He expects journalists to approach him to clarify issues and not to go about blackmailing the management of the university he said Ademuyiwa assured journalists that the management of university would continue to partner with them in the discharge of their journalistic duties Edited By Muftau Adediran Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    FUOYE urges journalists to be fair in news reportage
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    FUOYE urges journalists to be fair in news reportage

    The Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), has appealed to journalists to be fair and objective in their reportage of events or issues concerning the university and its management.

    Mr Adeyinka Ademuyiwa, the Deputy Director, Corporate Services of the university, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Oye-Ekiti.

    Ademuyiwa said that the management of the institution had observed that whenever “there are internal issues, some journalists often compromise the ethics of the profession by writing with bias and not balancing the stories’’.

    According to him, some journalists normally use fake identity and anonymous by-lines so as to avoid being traced to their media organisation.

    Ademuyiwa, however, commended media professionals such as those working with the News Agency of Nigeria , Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria FRCN), Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Guardian, Punch, Nigerian Tribune, The Nation and Vanguard.

    He frowned at many of those using news sites, online blogs and other news platforms to destroy the good image of the university.

    He urged the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ekiti chapter, to sanction poorly trained reporters and quacks “who are determined to destroy the good profession’’.

    Ademuyiwa also appealed to journalists to always verify every information and issues from the university corporate services department before publishing any story that could tarnish the image of the institution.

    “I want to appeal to all our media practitioners, the private, state and federal owned media outfits, to always ensure that they verify the authenticity of the information given to them by any person.

    FUOYE is one of the fastest growing federal universities in Nigeria and it is normal for any group of people to be envious of the institution’s rapid development.

    “We are not asking journalists not to discharge their duties, but what we have observed is that stories that are capable of destroying the image of the university are being given wide publication, which is not pleasant.

    “I want to assure all our media practitioners in Ekiti that our doors are open for anyone who wish to clarify any information about the university.

    The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, was a media specialist who had worked with several print media in Nigeria and he loves journalism.

    “He expects journalists to approach him to clarify issues and not to go about blackmailing the management of the university,’’ he said.

    Ademuyiwa assured journalists that the management of university would continue to partner with them in the discharge of their journalistic duties.


    Edited By: Muftau Adediran/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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