Respite seems to be coming the way of students of polytechnics as the 10-day old strike by their lecturers may soon be called off.

The few exciting hours of staying away from academic activities have added up to 10 days of redundancy.

Akin is an ND-1 student of Civil Engineering at a polytechnic in Nigeria's South-East region. He has been listening to every news bulletin and watching network news at 9pm to know when the sit at home would end.

He eagerly heads to newspaper stand in search of information about resumption. "These people should not allow this year go without us writing our exams o!

"I am not a small boy. My mates are in offices already or owning their shop doing well. I am here begging these people to do their jobs. Is it fair?", he asked Bounce News.

Meanwhile, ASUP chairman of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic chapter in Abeokuta, Kola Abiola, said on Wednesday that the decision will be taken in Bauchi when ASUP leaders meet next week to deliberate on their negotiation with the federal government.

“The Minister of Education has met with our leadership and there has been fruitful discussions,” Abiola said.

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“There is a process ongoing for the Memorandum of Understanding to be signed.”

According to Abiola, the union had an emergency National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Abuja on Monday on how to resolve the crisis.
“I think by the time we call ourselves together again after meeting with the government, when we meet at Bauchi next week, we will evaluate what is on ground and a decision will be taken”.

Akin just wants to live his life and move on with his academic activities.


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