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  •  The National Association of Nigeria Students NANS Kwara Chapter has threatened to embark on peaceful protest and occupy Kwara airport if the protracted ASUU strike is not suspended Mr Salman Issa the NANS Kwara Chairman told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ilorin that members were just waiting for directives from its national secretariat Issa said once the national body of the students gave the order to the remaining 36 states they would comply with the protest NAN reports that the Kwara NANS chairman was reacting to the blockage of the Murtala Mohammed Airport by the NANS who stormed the Airport in Lagos to mount pressure on the government to resolve the seven month industrial strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU The students national body had earlier threatened to ground activities at the local and international airports across the country beginning Monday due to the strike Issa explained that the directives so far only involved Zone D of NANS comprising South West states According to him the National President of NANS is employing the means of dialogue and engaging with necessary stakeholders to solve the lingering strike by ASUU The directives of the protest is only binding on South West states which has been ongoing for the past five days When given directive we shall comply too he said Also speaking with NAN Mr Isaac Adeleye the General Secretary of Unilorin SUG said the union is researching on best possible means to tackle the situation assuring that they are deliberating on the matter We are collaborating with the Kwara axis of NANS to see what will happen next he said nanmews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU strike: NANS threaten to occupy Kwara Airport
     The National Association of Nigeria Students NANS Kwara Chapter has threatened to embark on peaceful protest and occupy Kwara airport if the protracted ASUU strike is not suspended Mr Salman Issa the NANS Kwara Chairman told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ilorin that members were just waiting for directives from its national secretariat Issa said once the national body of the students gave the order to the remaining 36 states they would comply with the protest NAN reports that the Kwara NANS chairman was reacting to the blockage of the Murtala Mohammed Airport by the NANS who stormed the Airport in Lagos to mount pressure on the government to resolve the seven month industrial strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU The students national body had earlier threatened to ground activities at the local and international airports across the country beginning Monday due to the strike Issa explained that the directives so far only involved Zone D of NANS comprising South West states According to him the National President of NANS is employing the means of dialogue and engaging with necessary stakeholders to solve the lingering strike by ASUU The directives of the protest is only binding on South West states which has been ongoing for the past five days When given directive we shall comply too he said Also speaking with NAN Mr Isaac Adeleye the General Secretary of Unilorin SUG said the union is researching on best possible means to tackle the situation assuring that they are deliberating on the matter We are collaborating with the Kwara axis of NANS to see what will happen next he said nanmews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU strike: NANS threaten to occupy Kwara Airport
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    ASUU strike: NANS threaten to occupy Kwara Airport

    The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), Kwara Chapter, has threatened to embark on peaceful protest and occupy Kwara airport, if the protracted ASUU strike is not suspended.

    Mr Salman Issa, the NANS Kwara Chairman told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ilorin that members were just waiting for directives from its national secretariat.

    Issa said once the national body of the students gave the order to the remaining 36 states, they would comply with the protest.

    NAN reports that the Kwara NANS chairman was reacting to the blockage of the Murtala Mohammed Airport by the NANS, who stormed the Airport in Lagos to mount pressure on the government to resolve the seven-month industrial strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

    The students’ national body had earlier threatened to ground activities at the local and international airports across the country, beginning Monday due to the strike.

    Issa explained that the directives so far only involved Zone ‘D’ of NANS, comprising South West states.

    According to him, the National President of NANS is employing the means of dialogue and engaging with necessary stakeholders to solve the lingering strike by ASUU.

    “The directives of the protest is only binding on South West states which has been ongoing for the past five days.

    “When given directive, we shall comply too,” he said.

    Also speaking with NAN, Mr Isaac Adeleye, the General Secretary of Unilorin SUG, said the union is researching on best possible means to tackle the situation, assuring that they are deliberating on the matter.

    “We are collaborating with the Kwara axis of NANS to see what will happen next,” he said.

    nanmews.


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  •  The Student Union Government SUG of University of Ilorin Unilorin has applauded the appointment of Prof Wahab Egbewole as the 12th Vice Chancellor of the university The appointment of Egbewole an expert in International Law and Jurisprudence was announced on Thursday by the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the university Governing Council Malam Abidu Rafindadi Yazid Reacting to the development Mr Isaac Adeleye the General Secretary of Unilorin SUG welcome the appointment in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Friday NAN reports that the appointment of Egbewole followed a rigorous selection process of who succeeds the outgoing vice chancellor Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem whose tenure ends on Oct 15 Adeleye expressed satisfaction over the appointment noting that the process was hitch free and peaceful The university stakeholders were able to conduct themselves in a good atmosphere because the outgoing vice chancellor has done well in his own capacity It is left for the next vice chancellor to lead from where he has left he said The SUG general secretary however said that Unilorin students have great expectations from the incoming new V C adding that they expect good raport with him According to him they are yearning to go back to school and are hopeful that his advent as the new vice chancellor will ensure school resumption Adeleye said the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU is a bad thing for all Nigerian students The students union scribe expressed optimism that the Unilorin would reclaim its glorious position of uninterrupted academic sessions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unilorin SUG applauds appointment of Prof. Egbewole as new V-C
     The Student Union Government SUG of University of Ilorin Unilorin has applauded the appointment of Prof Wahab Egbewole as the 12th Vice Chancellor of the university The appointment of Egbewole an expert in International Law and Jurisprudence was announced on Thursday by the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the university Governing Council Malam Abidu Rafindadi Yazid Reacting to the development Mr Isaac Adeleye the General Secretary of Unilorin SUG welcome the appointment in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Friday NAN reports that the appointment of Egbewole followed a rigorous selection process of who succeeds the outgoing vice chancellor Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem whose tenure ends on Oct 15 Adeleye expressed satisfaction over the appointment noting that the process was hitch free and peaceful The university stakeholders were able to conduct themselves in a good atmosphere because the outgoing vice chancellor has done well in his own capacity It is left for the next vice chancellor to lead from where he has left he said The SUG general secretary however said that Unilorin students have great expectations from the incoming new V C adding that they expect good raport with him According to him they are yearning to go back to school and are hopeful that his advent as the new vice chancellor will ensure school resumption Adeleye said the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU is a bad thing for all Nigerian students The students union scribe expressed optimism that the Unilorin would reclaim its glorious position of uninterrupted academic sessions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unilorin SUG applauds appointment of Prof. Egbewole as new V-C
    Education2 weeks ago

    Unilorin SUG applauds appointment of Prof. Egbewole as new V-C

    The Student Union Government (SUG) of University of Ilorin (Unilorin) has applauded the appointment of Prof. Wahab Egbewole, as the 12th Vice-Chancellor of the university.

    The appointment of Egbewole, an expert in International Law and Jurisprudence, was announced on Thursday by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the university Governing Council, Malam Abidu Rafindadi Yazid.

    Reacting to the development, Mr Isaac Adeleye, the General Secretary of Unilorin SUG, welcome the appointment in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Friday.

    NAN reports that the appointment of Egbewole followed a rigorous selection process of who succeeds the outgoing vice-chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, whose tenure ends on Oct. 15. Adeleye expressed satisfaction over the appointment, noting that the process was hitch-free and peaceful.

    “The university stakeholders were able to conduct themselves in a good atmosphere because the outgoing vice-chancellor has done well in his own capacity.

    “It is left for the next vice-chancellor to lead from where he has left,” he said.

    The SUG general secretary however said that Unilorin students have great expectations from the incoming new V-C, adding that they expect good raport with him.

    According to him, they are yearning to go back to school and are hopeful that his advent as the new vice chancellor will ensure school resumption.

    Adeleye said the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is a bad thing for all Nigerian students.

    The students union scribe expressed optimism that the Unilorin would reclaim its glorious position of uninterrupted academic sessions.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Association of Nigerian Students NANS has called for immediate resolution to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU The newly elected President of NANS Umar Faruq Lawal made the call in Abuja while addressing journalists on the development of the strike Faruq Lawal called on ASUU to return to negotiation table and re open public universities across the country He also announced that the association would protest against the eight months old strike saying the labour crisis had brought untold hardship on the students parents and the economy of Nigerians The newly elected president of the National Association of Nigerian Students Umar Faruq Lawal with members of the association during a news conference on impasse The president also said that it introduced the Academic Reforms struggle in honour of one of NANS late officials to generate discourse on educational development in the country The only thing I will say is that ASUU and Federal Government should return to negotiation table and resolve all the issues amicably and reopen our campuses It s not the students that pay the salaries of the lecturers it s the Federal Government so we don t have capacity to advise government nor our lecturers we can only insist that both of them return to negotiation table he said Meanwhile the Senate President of NANS Adediwura Adeshina said the student leaders would hold a meeting to decide on the day to hold a protest In the next 24hrs the President of NANS will meet with legitimately elected SUG president of all campuses And we will take decision on the date we will storm the Federal Ministry of Education We are not going with thugs but students that have their I D cards he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: NANS calls for speedy resolution
     The National Association of Nigerian Students NANS has called for immediate resolution to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU The newly elected President of NANS Umar Faruq Lawal made the call in Abuja while addressing journalists on the development of the strike Faruq Lawal called on ASUU to return to negotiation table and re open public universities across the country He also announced that the association would protest against the eight months old strike saying the labour crisis had brought untold hardship on the students parents and the economy of Nigerians The newly elected president of the National Association of Nigerian Students Umar Faruq Lawal with members of the association during a news conference on impasse The president also said that it introduced the Academic Reforms struggle in honour of one of NANS late officials to generate discourse on educational development in the country The only thing I will say is that ASUU and Federal Government should return to negotiation table and resolve all the issues amicably and reopen our campuses It s not the students that pay the salaries of the lecturers it s the Federal Government so we don t have capacity to advise government nor our lecturers we can only insist that both of them return to negotiation table he said Meanwhile the Senate President of NANS Adediwura Adeshina said the student leaders would hold a meeting to decide on the day to hold a protest In the next 24hrs the President of NANS will meet with legitimately elected SUG president of all campuses And we will take decision on the date we will storm the Federal Ministry of Education We are not going with thugs but students that have their I D cards he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: NANS calls for speedy resolution
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    ASUU Strike: NANS calls for speedy resolution

    The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for immediate resolution to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

    The newly elected President of NANS, Umar Faruq-Lawal, made the call in Abuja while addressing journalists on the development of the strike.

    Faruq-Lawal called on ASUU to return to negotiation table and re-open public universities across the country.

    He also announced that the association would protest against the  eight months old strike, saying the labour crisis had brought untold hardship on the students, parents and the economy of Nigerians.

    The newly elected president of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Umar Faruq-Lawal with members of the association during a news conference on impasse.

    The president also said that it introduced the ‘Academic Reforms struggle’ in honour of  one of NANS’ late officials to generate discourse on educational development in the country.

    “The only thing I will say is that ASUU and Federal Government should return to negotiation table and resolve all the issues amicably and reopen our campuses.

    “It’s not the students that pay the salaries of the lecturers ,it’s the Federal Government so we don’t have capacity to advise government nor our lecturers, we can only insist that both of them return to negotiation table,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the Senate President of NANS, Adediwura Adeshina, said the student leaders would hold a meeting to decide on the day to hold a protest.

    “In the next 24hrs, the President of NANS will meet with legitimately elected SUG president of all campuses.

    ” And we will take decision on the date we will storm the Federal Ministry of Education.

    ” We are not going with thugs but students that have their I.

    D cards,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Council of Student s Union Presidents CSUP says that it is losing students to incessant killings from bandits attacks as a result of their prolonged stay at home due to the ASUU strike The Student Union President SUG Federal University of Technology FUT Minna Mr Ishaka Yahaya spoke on behalf of all SUG presidents across tertiary institutions at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday Yahaya said that many students who were to be in school but resorted to doing other jobs were being kidnapped and killed in the process He appealed to the government to look into the demands of ASUU and attend to them so that they could return to school It is true when they say when two elephants meet only the grass suffers It is quite obvious here that both the Federal Government and ASUU have nothing to lose in this fight This is because while the strike is ongoing the salaries of Federal Government staff keep flowing and at the end of every strike nothing stops the salaries of ASUU members from also flowing The only most unfortunate and innocent victim here you would agree with us are the Nigerian students who have everything to lose Even when the strike would have been called off so many of the students will not be able to serve the nation due to age limit So many students after graduation would not be able to get government jobs due to age limit consideration he said Yahaya said that the strike had increased the rate of drug abuses prostitution and thuggery amongst other corresponding wantonness and purposelessness by the Nigerian students who under normal circumstances should be in school acquiring knowledge He said that the Nigerian students and campuses had been exposed to insecurities and as such students had now become daily victims of kidnapping by the bandits He said that the CSUP had written to the Ministry of Education issuing a seven days ultimatum to reach an amicable resolution with their counterparts ASUU He said that failure to do so would lead to the mobilization of students across the country in a mass peaceful demonstration to end the strike We hereby appeal to the Federal Government to meet the demands of ASUU within the shortest period of time as failure to do so would leave us with no option but to go ahead with our peaceful demonstration even amidst this security instability For it is better to die for something than to live for nothing nbsp Also the SUG president of the university of Jos Mr Danladi Adankala recalled an incident that happened to a 500 level student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology LAUTECH Ogbomosho who was kidnapped and murdered after paying the ransom In LAUTECH yesterday a 500 level Rachael Opadele of the Department of Fine Art was murdered She was supposed to be in school finalizing her education but because of the ASUU strike she opted to work in a hotel where she was kidnapped and killed after paying the ransom This is one of the many we know Students can also be killed during a protest so it is essential for the government to meet the demands of ASUU so that students can return to school he said In the same vein the SUG President Nasarawa State University Keffi Mr Naajim Gbefwi called on the government to prioritize education in the interest of Nigerian students The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had been on strike since February demanding the adoption of UTAS against IPPIS funds for the revitalization of public universities Others are refusing to honor the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU strike: We are losing students to incessant killings — Students union
     The Council of Student s Union Presidents CSUP says that it is losing students to incessant killings from bandits attacks as a result of their prolonged stay at home due to the ASUU strike The Student Union President SUG Federal University of Technology FUT Minna Mr Ishaka Yahaya spoke on behalf of all SUG presidents across tertiary institutions at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday Yahaya said that many students who were to be in school but resorted to doing other jobs were being kidnapped and killed in the process He appealed to the government to look into the demands of ASUU and attend to them so that they could return to school It is true when they say when two elephants meet only the grass suffers It is quite obvious here that both the Federal Government and ASUU have nothing to lose in this fight This is because while the strike is ongoing the salaries of Federal Government staff keep flowing and at the end of every strike nothing stops the salaries of ASUU members from also flowing The only most unfortunate and innocent victim here you would agree with us are the Nigerian students who have everything to lose Even when the strike would have been called off so many of the students will not be able to serve the nation due to age limit So many students after graduation would not be able to get government jobs due to age limit consideration he said Yahaya said that the strike had increased the rate of drug abuses prostitution and thuggery amongst other corresponding wantonness and purposelessness by the Nigerian students who under normal circumstances should be in school acquiring knowledge He said that the Nigerian students and campuses had been exposed to insecurities and as such students had now become daily victims of kidnapping by the bandits He said that the CSUP had written to the Ministry of Education issuing a seven days ultimatum to reach an amicable resolution with their counterparts ASUU He said that failure to do so would lead to the mobilization of students across the country in a mass peaceful demonstration to end the strike We hereby appeal to the Federal Government to meet the demands of ASUU within the shortest period of time as failure to do so would leave us with no option but to go ahead with our peaceful demonstration even amidst this security instability For it is better to die for something than to live for nothing nbsp Also the SUG president of the university of Jos Mr Danladi Adankala recalled an incident that happened to a 500 level student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology LAUTECH Ogbomosho who was kidnapped and murdered after paying the ransom In LAUTECH yesterday a 500 level Rachael Opadele of the Department of Fine Art was murdered She was supposed to be in school finalizing her education but because of the ASUU strike she opted to work in a hotel where she was kidnapped and killed after paying the ransom This is one of the many we know Students can also be killed during a protest so it is essential for the government to meet the demands of ASUU so that students can return to school he said In the same vein the SUG President Nasarawa State University Keffi Mr Naajim Gbefwi called on the government to prioritize education in the interest of Nigerian students The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had been on strike since February demanding the adoption of UTAS against IPPIS funds for the revitalization of public universities Others are refusing to honor the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU strike: We are losing students to incessant killings — Students union
    Metro2 months ago

    ASUU strike: We are losing students to incessant killings — Students union

    The Council of Student’s Union Presidents (CSUP) says that it is losing students to incessant killings from bandits attacks as a result of their prolonged stay at home due to the ASUU strike.The Student Union President (SUG), Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, Mr. Ishaka Yahaya spoke on behalf of all SUG presidents across tertiary institutions at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.Yahaya said that many students who were to be in school but resorted to doing other jobs were being kidnapped and killed in the process.He appealed to the government to look into the demands of ASUU and attend to them so that they could return to school.“It is true when they say when two elephants meet; only the grass suffers.“It is quite obvious here that both the Federal Government and ASUU have nothing to lose in this fight.“This is because while the strike is ongoing, the salaries of Federal Government staff keep flowing and at the end of every strike, nothing stops the salaries of ASUU members from also flowing.“The only most unfortunate and innocent victim here you would agree with us are the Nigerian students, who have everything to lose.” Even when the strike would have been called off, so many of the students will not be able to serve the nation due to age limit.“So many students after graduation would not be able to get government jobs due to age limit consideration,” he said.Yahaya said that the strike had increased the rate of drug abuses, prostitution, and thuggery amongst other corresponding wantonness and purposelessness by the Nigerian students who under normal circumstances should be in school acquiring knowledge.He said that the Nigerian students and campuses had been exposed to insecurities.and as such students had now become daily victims of kidnapping by the bandits.He said that the CSUP had written to the Ministry of Education, issuing a seven days ultimatum to reach an amicable resolution with their counterparts – ASUU.He said that failure to do so would lead to the mobilization of students across the country in a mass peaceful demonstration to end the strike.” We hereby appeal to the Federal Government to meet the demands of ASUU within the shortest period of time as failure to do so would leave us with no option but to go ahead with our peaceful demonstration even amidst this security instability.” For it is better to die for something than to live for nothing.” Also,  the SUG president of the university of Jos, Mr. Danladi Adankala, recalled an incident that happened to a 500-level student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho who was kidnapped and murdered after paying the ransom.” In LAUTECH yesterday, a 500-level Rachael Opadele of the Department of Fine Art was murdered.” She was supposed to be in school finalizing her education but because of the ASUU strike, she opted to work in a hotel where she was kidnapped and killed after paying the ransom.” This is one of the many we know.Students can also be killed during a protest, so it is essential for the government to meet the demands of ASUU so that students can return to school,” he said.In the same vein, the SUG President, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Mr. Naajim Gbefwi called on the government to prioritize education in the interest of Nigerian students.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had been on strike since February demanding the adoption of UTAS against IPPIS, funds for therevitalization of public universities.Others are refusing to honor the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU, among others.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Students Union Government SUG of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology LAUTECH Ogbomoso on Wednesday mourned the killing of kidnapped Racheal Opadele a final year student of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the institution Mr Anuoluwa Adeboye the SUG President of LAUTECH who made this known in a statement in Ogbomoso said that the development had brought a dark moment to the institution Adeboye said that Rachael was kidnapped where she was working at hotel in a community close to LAUTECH He recounted that the Students Union Government immediately wrote Governments security operatives and all concerned stakeholders to see to her rescue without her dying but all efforts prooved abortive It is with heavy hearts that we announce the gruesome killing of our dear student Rachael a final year student of LAUTECH that was kidnapped where she was working in Ogbomoso due to ASUU strike on behalf of the entire students of LAUTECH This is a dark moment in our school as we were lashed with the death of one of us We were consumed when we first heard about her kidnap and we led the team to write to Governments security operatives and all concerned stakeholders to see to her release without her dying It s so disheartening and terrible to have heard her dead in the early hours of today he said He call on the government to administer justice on Opadele s killers The government should act fast and let justice be served As a matter of urgency we are challenging the government to present to the public the killer s of our dear colleague The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Rachael Opadele was abducted in the early hours of Friday in an hotel at Aaba a community close to LAUTECH She was said to be working at the hotel following the ongoing protacted ASUU strike that has kept all Nigerian students outside the institutions The LAUTECH SUG in its July 30 statement said that students could no longer walk or move freely sleep conveniently travel or do anything without fear of being abducted or kidnapped robbed raped or maimed within or outside the University Community NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LAUTECH SUG mourns killing of kidnapped colleague
     The Students Union Government SUG of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology LAUTECH Ogbomoso on Wednesday mourned the killing of kidnapped Racheal Opadele a final year student of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the institution Mr Anuoluwa Adeboye the SUG President of LAUTECH who made this known in a statement in Ogbomoso said that the development had brought a dark moment to the institution Adeboye said that Rachael was kidnapped where she was working at hotel in a community close to LAUTECH He recounted that the Students Union Government immediately wrote Governments security operatives and all concerned stakeholders to see to her rescue without her dying but all efforts prooved abortive It is with heavy hearts that we announce the gruesome killing of our dear student Rachael a final year student of LAUTECH that was kidnapped where she was working in Ogbomoso due to ASUU strike on behalf of the entire students of LAUTECH This is a dark moment in our school as we were lashed with the death of one of us We were consumed when we first heard about her kidnap and we led the team to write to Governments security operatives and all concerned stakeholders to see to her release without her dying It s so disheartening and terrible to have heard her dead in the early hours of today he said He call on the government to administer justice on Opadele s killers The government should act fast and let justice be served As a matter of urgency we are challenging the government to present to the public the killer s of our dear colleague The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Rachael Opadele was abducted in the early hours of Friday in an hotel at Aaba a community close to LAUTECH She was said to be working at the hotel following the ongoing protacted ASUU strike that has kept all Nigerian students outside the institutions The LAUTECH SUG in its July 30 statement said that students could no longer walk or move freely sleep conveniently travel or do anything without fear of being abducted or kidnapped robbed raped or maimed within or outside the University Community NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LAUTECH SUG mourns killing of kidnapped colleague
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    LAUTECH SUG mourns killing of kidnapped colleague

    The Students Union Government (SUG) of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso on Wednesday mourned the killing of kidnapped Racheal Opadele, a final year student of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the institution.

    Mr Anuoluwa Adeboye, the SUG President of LAUTECH, who made this known in a statement in Ogbomoso, said that the development had brought a dark moment to the institution.  

    Adeboye said that Rachael was kidnapped where she was working at hotel in a community close to LAUTECH.  

    He recounted that the Students Union Government immediately wrote Governments, security operatives, and all concerned stakeholders to see to her rescue without her dying but all efforts prooved abortive.

    “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the gruesome killing of our dear student, Rachael, a final year student of LAUTECH, that was kidnapped where she was working in Ogbomoso due to ASUU strike on behalf of the entire students of LAUTECH.

    “This is a dark moment in our school as we were lashed with the death of one of us.

    “We were consumed when we first heard about her kidnap and we led the team to write to Governments, security operatives, and all concerned stakeholders to see to her release without her dying.

    “It’s so disheartening and terrible to have heard her dead in the early hours of today, “he said.

    He call on the government to administer justice on Opadele’s killers.

    “The government should act fast and let justice be served.

    As a matter of urgency, we are challenging the government to present to the public the killer(s) of our dear colleague.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Rachael Opadele was abducted in the early hours of Friday in an hotel at Aaba, a community close to LAUTECH.  

    She was said to be working at the hotel following the ongoing protacted ASUU strike that has kept all Nigerian students outside the institutions.

    The LAUTECH SUG, in its July 30 statement, said that students could no longer walk or move freely, sleep conveniently, travel, or do anything without fear of being abducted or kidnapped, robbed, raped, or maimed within or outside the University Community.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Coalition of Authentic Students Union Leaders of Abia State have expressed shock over the withdrawal of Abia State Polytechnic accreditation status The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the coalition representing tertiary institutions in Abia said in a statement in Umuahia that it was disheartening to note that staff of the institution were owed salary arrears in spite of its internally generated revenue and monthly subvention received from government The statement was signed by Stanley Nwankpa the Students Union Government SUG President of Abia Polytechnic Chukwuma Ogochukwu SUG President of Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Paul Chinedum SUG President of School of Nursing Amachara Obinna Nweke SUG President of School of Nursing Umuahia It stated that the coalition had engaged stakeholders to inquire the real position of things regarding reasons the impasse had degenerated to denial of accreditation to our dear state polytechnic The coalition expressed shock and sadness that the withdrawal happened in spite of the huge investments of a cumulative sum of over N7 1billion as monthly subvention and loan payoffs by Abia State Government to the Polytechnic from July 2015 to May 2022 Together with the enormous Internally Generated Revenue accruing to the Polytechnic there is ample evidence that these humongous amount of scarce resources have not been put into judicious use by the Board and Management of the Polytechnic for salaries and other emoluments We trust that the six man Committee set up by Gov Okezie Victor Ikpeazu will in addition to seeing to the restoration of the lost accreditation of the state polytechnic also unravel what has happened to all these funds duly released to the polytechnic It condemned the very appalling and nefarious moves by some sections of the Abia political class to clandestinely politicise this unfortunate development without any iota of patriotism and empathy with the plight of students of the polytechnic The coalition urged people of Abia to disregard any move by group of persons to politicise the education system of Abia and not proffering solutions to the issue on ground It stated that the coalition considered the sustained efforts of the government towards boosting education development in Abia as commendable and passed a vote of confidence on Gov Okezie kpeazu The National Board for Technical Education NBTE on Tuesday announced withdrawal of the accreditation status of Abia State Polytechnic over alleged nonpayment of salary arrears and allowances NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Abia Poly: Coalition expresses shock over withdrawal of accreditation
     The Coalition of Authentic Students Union Leaders of Abia State have expressed shock over the withdrawal of Abia State Polytechnic accreditation status The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the coalition representing tertiary institutions in Abia said in a statement in Umuahia that it was disheartening to note that staff of the institution were owed salary arrears in spite of its internally generated revenue and monthly subvention received from government The statement was signed by Stanley Nwankpa the Students Union Government SUG President of Abia Polytechnic Chukwuma Ogochukwu SUG President of Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Paul Chinedum SUG President of School of Nursing Amachara Obinna Nweke SUG President of School of Nursing Umuahia It stated that the coalition had engaged stakeholders to inquire the real position of things regarding reasons the impasse had degenerated to denial of accreditation to our dear state polytechnic The coalition expressed shock and sadness that the withdrawal happened in spite of the huge investments of a cumulative sum of over N7 1billion as monthly subvention and loan payoffs by Abia State Government to the Polytechnic from July 2015 to May 2022 Together with the enormous Internally Generated Revenue accruing to the Polytechnic there is ample evidence that these humongous amount of scarce resources have not been put into judicious use by the Board and Management of the Polytechnic for salaries and other emoluments We trust that the six man Committee set up by Gov Okezie Victor Ikpeazu will in addition to seeing to the restoration of the lost accreditation of the state polytechnic also unravel what has happened to all these funds duly released to the polytechnic It condemned the very appalling and nefarious moves by some sections of the Abia political class to clandestinely politicise this unfortunate development without any iota of patriotism and empathy with the plight of students of the polytechnic The coalition urged people of Abia to disregard any move by group of persons to politicise the education system of Abia and not proffering solutions to the issue on ground It stated that the coalition considered the sustained efforts of the government towards boosting education development in Abia as commendable and passed a vote of confidence on Gov Okezie kpeazu The National Board for Technical Education NBTE on Tuesday announced withdrawal of the accreditation status of Abia State Polytechnic over alleged nonpayment of salary arrears and allowances NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Abia Poly: Coalition expresses shock over withdrawal of accreditation
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    Abia Poly: Coalition expresses shock over withdrawal of accreditation

    The Coalition of Authentic Students Union Leaders of Abia State have expressed shock over the withdrawal of Abia State Polytechnic  accreditation status.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the coalition, representing  tertiary institutions in Abia, said in a statement in Umuahia that it was disheartening to note that staff of the institution were owed salary arrears in spite of its internally generated revenue and monthly subvention received from government.

    The statement was signed by Stanley Nwankpa, the Students Union Government(SUG) President of Abia Polytechnic;  Chukwuma Ogochukwu, SUG President of Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike; Paul Chinedum, SUG President of School of Nursing, Amachara; Obinna Nweke , SUG President of School of Nursing, Umuahia.

    It stated that “the coalition had  engaged stakeholders to inquire the real position of things regarding reasons the impasse had degenerated to denial of accreditation to our dear state polytechnic.

    The coalition expressed shock and sadness that the withdrawal happened in spite of the huge investments of a cumulative sum of over N7.1billion as monthly subvention and loan payoffs by Abia State Government to the Polytechnic from July 2015 to May 2022.

    “Together with the enormous Internally Generated Revenue accruing to the Polytechnic, there is ample evidence that these humongous amount of scarce resources have not been put into judicious use by the Board and Management of the Polytechnic for salaries and other emoluments.

    ” We trust that the six-man Committee set up by Gov Okezie Victor Ikpeazu will in addition to seeing to the restoration of the lost accreditation of the state polytechnic, also unravel what has happened to all these funds duly released to the polytechnic.

    It condemned the “very appalling and nefarious moves by some sections of the Abia political class to clandestinely politicise this unfortunate development without any iota of patriotism and empathy with the plight of students of the polytechnic”.

    The coalition urged people of Abia  to disregard any move by group of persons to politicise the education system of Abia and not proffering solutions to the issue on ground.

    It stated that the coalition considered the  sustained efforts of the government towards boosting education development in Abia as commendable, and passed a vote of confidence on Gov.

    Okezie |kpeazu.

    The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) on Tuesday announced withdrawal of the accreditation status of Abia State Polytechnic over alleged nonpayment of salary arrears and allowances.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  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.

  •   Being Young in Naija BYIN a youth advocacy initiative has encouraged young people to be actively involved in politics and other activities to contribute to national development Grace Attah BYIN s project leader assigned the task during her visit to Nasarawa State University Keffi on Tuesday The Being Young in Naija project is a youth advocacy campaign launched in September 2020 by OXFAM It is presented as part of an OXFAM youth focused and directed project Work In Progress Atta said He said that if young people were actively involved in governance it would promote peace and development across the country The project leader said that one of the goals of the campaign was to amplify the voices of young people in Nigeria Second it is also to highlight the experiences challenges and opportunities available to young people The third goal is to hold stakeholders accountable for youth development he said Attah noted that BYIN advocated for the full implementation of the National Youth Policy for the overall development of youth and the country as a whole He added that the initiative planned to take the youth campaign to the six geopolitical zones of the country In his comments Professor Mohammed Bala Vice Chancellor of Nasarawa State University Keffi praised BYIN for bringing the campaign to the institution Bala representative of the university Mr Abraham Ekpo said that the institution will continue to identify with any organization that is ready for development He said that the institution will continue to maintain the standard and academic excellence for the general development of the country In response Mr Ayenaje Gbefwi SUG President NSUKeffi and Ms Loveth Amadu participants speaking on behalf of other students praised BYIN for its initiative and asked for their support Source NAN
    Group tasks youths on active participation in politics
      Being Young in Naija BYIN a youth advocacy initiative has encouraged young people to be actively involved in politics and other activities to contribute to national development Grace Attah BYIN s project leader assigned the task during her visit to Nasarawa State University Keffi on Tuesday The Being Young in Naija project is a youth advocacy campaign launched in September 2020 by OXFAM It is presented as part of an OXFAM youth focused and directed project Work In Progress Atta said He said that if young people were actively involved in governance it would promote peace and development across the country The project leader said that one of the goals of the campaign was to amplify the voices of young people in Nigeria Second it is also to highlight the experiences challenges and opportunities available to young people The third goal is to hold stakeholders accountable for youth development he said Attah noted that BYIN advocated for the full implementation of the National Youth Policy for the overall development of youth and the country as a whole He added that the initiative planned to take the youth campaign to the six geopolitical zones of the country In his comments Professor Mohammed Bala Vice Chancellor of Nasarawa State University Keffi praised BYIN for bringing the campaign to the institution Bala representative of the university Mr Abraham Ekpo said that the institution will continue to identify with any organization that is ready for development He said that the institution will continue to maintain the standard and academic excellence for the general development of the country In response Mr Ayenaje Gbefwi SUG President NSUKeffi and Ms Loveth Amadu participants speaking on behalf of other students praised BYIN for its initiative and asked for their support Source NAN
    Group tasks youths on active participation in politics
    General news10 months ago

    Group tasks youths on active participation in politics

    Being Young in Naija (BYIN), a youth advocacy initiative, has encouraged young people to be actively involved in politics and other activities to contribute to national development.

    Grace Attah, BYIN's project leader, assigned the task during her visit to Nasarawa State University, Keffi, on Tuesday.

    The Being Young in Naija project is a youth advocacy campaign launched in September 2020 by OXFAM.

    “It is presented as part of an OXFAM youth-focused and directed project, Work In Progress,” Atta said.

    He said that if young people were actively involved in governance, it would promote peace and development across the country.

    The project leader said that one of the goals of the campaign was to amplify the voices of young people in Nigeria.

    “Second, it is also to highlight the experiences, challenges and opportunities available to young people.

    "The third goal is to hold stakeholders accountable for youth development," he said.

    Attah noted that BYIN advocated for the full implementation of the National Youth Policy for the overall development of youth and the country as a whole.

    He added that the initiative planned to take the youth campaign to the six geopolitical zones of the country.

    In his comments, Professor Mohammed Bala, Vice Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, praised BYIN for bringing the campaign to the institution.

    Bala, representative of the university, Mr. Abraham Ekpo, said that the institution will continue to identify with any organization that is ready for development.

    He said that the institution will continue to maintain the standard and academic excellence for the general development of the country.

    In response, Mr. Ayenaje Gbefwi, SUG President, NSUKeffi, and Ms. Loveth Amadu, participants, speaking on behalf of other students, praised BYIN for its initiative and asked for their support.

    Source: NAN

  •   The Federal University Dutse has clarified that the president of the Students Union Government SUG Muhammad Umar did not attend lecture in convoy as reported on social media Viral photos of the SUG president have appeared online on Thursday showing the SUG president s Mercedes Benz car with custom number plate and security detail in black suit guarding him But the spokesman for the university Abdullahi Bello said in a statement that the students of Criminology and Security Studies were demonstrating VIP protection when the pictures were taken Our attention has been drawn to a post circulating in the social media insinuating that the Students Union President of Federal University Dutse Comrade Muhammad Mukhtar Umar attends lecture in a convoy with presumed security in tow The said pictures were taken when the students of Criminology and Security Studies CSS Department had their week and the CSS students put to practice how to protect high profile personality by bringing the SUG president to the occasion in that manner It is not possible for that number of students to abandon their lectures just to escort the SUG President to attend a class The Federal University Dutse takes the issue of training students both in character and learning seriously and as such will not condone such action in the campus Mr Bello said
    Federal University Dutse SUG president not attending lecture in convoy, varsity clarifies
      The Federal University Dutse has clarified that the president of the Students Union Government SUG Muhammad Umar did not attend lecture in convoy as reported on social media Viral photos of the SUG president have appeared online on Thursday showing the SUG president s Mercedes Benz car with custom number plate and security detail in black suit guarding him But the spokesman for the university Abdullahi Bello said in a statement that the students of Criminology and Security Studies were demonstrating VIP protection when the pictures were taken Our attention has been drawn to a post circulating in the social media insinuating that the Students Union President of Federal University Dutse Comrade Muhammad Mukhtar Umar attends lecture in a convoy with presumed security in tow The said pictures were taken when the students of Criminology and Security Studies CSS Department had their week and the CSS students put to practice how to protect high profile personality by bringing the SUG president to the occasion in that manner It is not possible for that number of students to abandon their lectures just to escort the SUG President to attend a class The Federal University Dutse takes the issue of training students both in character and learning seriously and as such will not condone such action in the campus Mr Bello said
    Federal University Dutse SUG president not attending lecture in convoy, varsity clarifies
    Headlines11 months ago

    Federal University Dutse SUG president not attending lecture in convoy, varsity clarifies

    The Federal University, Dutse has clarified that the president of the Students Union Government, SUG, Muhammad Umar, did not attend lecture in convoy as reported on social media.

    Viral photos of the SUG president have appeared online on Thursday, showing the SUG president’s Mercedes Benz car with custom number plate and security detail in black suit guarding him.

    But the spokesman for the university, Abdullahi Bello, said in a statement that the students of Criminology and Security Studies were demonstrating VIP protection when the pictures were taken.

    “Our attention has been drawn to a post circulating in the social media insinuating that the Students Union President of Federal University Dutse, Comrade Muhammad Mukhtar Umar attends lecture in a convoy with presumed security in tow.

    “The said pictures were taken when the students of Criminology and Security Studies (CSS) Department had their week and the CSS students put to practice how to protect high profile personality by bringing the SUG president to the occasion in that manner.

    “It is not possible for that number of students to abandon their lectures just to escort the SUG President to attend a class.

    “The Federal University Dutse takes the issue of training students both in character and learning seriously and as such will not condone such  action in the campus,” Mr Bello said.

  •  Mr Danladi Jatau a member representing Kokona West constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has appealed for the safe release of Mr Allahnana Anzaku the acting Chairman Eggon Cultural and Development Association ECDA Agwada Development Area chapter of the state The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Anzaku was abducted on Sunday night from at his House in Aforami Bassa district of Agwada Kokona Local Government Area of the State Jatau made this appeal at a ceremony in which he was conferred an award of Icon of Humanitarian Services from the Students Union Government SUG Nasarawa State University Keffi on Monday in Lafia The assembly man who is the Minority Leader of the House decried the rate of insecurity in his constituency particularly Bassa district in the area Speaking on the occasion he said Anzaku of Aforami in Bassa district of his constituency was kidnapped on Sunday night And up till now he was nowhere to be found I am calling for his safe release and I want to appeal to the security agencies to always patrol my area in order to protect lives and property he said The legislator lauded Gov Abdullahi Sule of the state for being up and doing in tackling insecurity in the state and called for its sustenance Jatau also the Chairman House Committee on Public Complaints Petition and Security appreciated the students union for the award He assured of his continued determination to key into the students and youths friendly policies that would improve on their standard of living I want to appreciate you for the award as the gesture will spur me to do more towards bettering the lives of the students and other people of my constituency I will continue to provide good governance by ensuring quality and sound representation to improve on the standard of living of my people he said The lawmaker also urged the SUG leadership to support the management of the university to succeed Earlier Mr Victor Tsaku the SUG president while presenting the award to the lawmaker said that the gesture was based on his support for the students of his constituency among other students We are here to identify with you and to present you with an award as Icon of Humanitarian Services in recognition of your grassroots development and human services and for supporting the students of your constituency This award was based on assessment We had lots of contacts with students of your constituency and we are also aware of the kind of students support that you have given and still giving continue to do so sir he said The SUG president urged the lawmaker to continue to provide good governance to the people of his constituency NAN reports that Mr Awuje Tsaku the Special Assistant to the lawmaker also bagged an award in recognition of his support for youth development Edited By Emmanuel Nwoye Yemi Idris Aduloju Source NAN
    Lawmaker  appeals for release of abducted ECDA chairman in Nasarawa State 
     Mr Danladi Jatau a member representing Kokona West constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has appealed for the safe release of Mr Allahnana Anzaku the acting Chairman Eggon Cultural and Development Association ECDA Agwada Development Area chapter of the state The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Anzaku was abducted on Sunday night from at his House in Aforami Bassa district of Agwada Kokona Local Government Area of the State Jatau made this appeal at a ceremony in which he was conferred an award of Icon of Humanitarian Services from the Students Union Government SUG Nasarawa State University Keffi on Monday in Lafia The assembly man who is the Minority Leader of the House decried the rate of insecurity in his constituency particularly Bassa district in the area Speaking on the occasion he said Anzaku of Aforami in Bassa district of his constituency was kidnapped on Sunday night And up till now he was nowhere to be found I am calling for his safe release and I want to appeal to the security agencies to always patrol my area in order to protect lives and property he said The legislator lauded Gov Abdullahi Sule of the state for being up and doing in tackling insecurity in the state and called for its sustenance Jatau also the Chairman House Committee on Public Complaints Petition and Security appreciated the students union for the award He assured of his continued determination to key into the students and youths friendly policies that would improve on their standard of living I want to appreciate you for the award as the gesture will spur me to do more towards bettering the lives of the students and other people of my constituency I will continue to provide good governance by ensuring quality and sound representation to improve on the standard of living of my people he said The lawmaker also urged the SUG leadership to support the management of the university to succeed Earlier Mr Victor Tsaku the SUG president while presenting the award to the lawmaker said that the gesture was based on his support for the students of his constituency among other students We are here to identify with you and to present you with an award as Icon of Humanitarian Services in recognition of your grassroots development and human services and for supporting the students of your constituency This award was based on assessment We had lots of contacts with students of your constituency and we are also aware of the kind of students support that you have given and still giving continue to do so sir he said The SUG president urged the lawmaker to continue to provide good governance to the people of his constituency NAN reports that Mr Awuje Tsaku the Special Assistant to the lawmaker also bagged an award in recognition of his support for youth development Edited By Emmanuel Nwoye Yemi Idris Aduloju Source NAN
    Lawmaker  appeals for release of abducted ECDA chairman in Nasarawa State 
    Defence/Security2 years ago

    Lawmaker  appeals for release of abducted ECDA chairman in Nasarawa State 

    Mr Danladi Jatau, a member representing Kokona West constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has appealed for the safe release of Mr Allahnana Anzaku, the acting Chairman, Eggon Cultural and Development Association (ECDA) Agwada Development Area chapter of the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Anzaku was abducted on Sunday night from at his House in Aforami, Bassa district of Agwada, Kokona Local Government  Area of the State.

    Jatau made this appeal at a ceremony in which he was conferred an award of Icon of Humanitarian  Services from the Students Union Government (SUG), Nasarawa State University, Keffi on Monday in Lafia.

    The assembly man, who is the Minority Leader of the House, decried the rate of insecurity in his constituency, particularly Bassa district in the area.

    Speaking on the occasion, he said Anzaku of Aforami in Bassa district of his constituency, was kidnapped on Sunday night.

    “And up till now, he was nowhere to be found. I am calling for his safe release and I want to appeal to the security agencies to always patrol my area in order to protect lives and property,” he said.

    The legislator lauded Gov. Abdullahi Sule of the state for being up and doing in tackling insecurity in the state and called for its sustenance.

    Jatau, also the Chairman, House Committee on Public Complaints, Petition and Security, appreciated the students union  for the award.

    He assured of his continued determination to key into the students and youths friendly policies that would improve on their standard of living.

    “I want to appreciate you for the award as the gesture will spur me to do more towards bettering  the lives of the students and other people of my constituency.

    “I will continue to provide good governance by ensuring quality and sound representation to improve on the standard of living of my people,” he said.

    The lawmaker also urged the SUG leadership to support the management of the university to succeed.

    Earlier, Mr Victor Tsaku, the SUG president while presenting the award to the lawmaker, said that the gesture was based on his support for the students of his constituency among other students.

    “We are here to identify with you and to present you with an award as Icon of Humanitarian Services in recognition of your grassroots development and human services and for supporting the students of your constituency.

    “This award was based on assessment. We had  lots of  contacts with students of your constituency and we are also aware of the kind of students’ support that you have given and still giving, continue to do so sir,” he said.

    The SUG president urged the lawmaker to continue to provide good governance to the people of his constituency.

    NAN  reports that Mr Awuje Tsaku, the Special Assistant to the lawmaker also bagged an award in recognition of his support for youth development.


    Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Yemi Idris-Aduloju
    Source: NAN