ASSU Strike: ‘Gombe Students Make Lemonade From Lemon’
One man’s meat they say is another’s poison.
The members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU declared an indefinite nationwide strike on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at its NEC meeting held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
Since then, both the union and the Federal Government have been going back and forth to resolve the crisis.
While most students are lamenting the impasse, some others have decided to make lemonade out of lemons.
Ibrahim Jenifer, a 200 level student of Gombe State University (GSU), is one of the smart ones that have decided to utilize the strike.
She shared her experience with Bounce News.
Jenifer is one of the 100 unemployed youths and women trained on poultry production in a skill acquisition program that was organized by the Federal Ministry Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with Federal College of Horticulture (FCH) Dadin Kowa in Gombe State.
“If not for the ASUU strike I wouldn’t know about this program not to talk of being a beneficiary, I am not a graduate but I was lucky to be picked among the unemployed graduates trained,” Jenifer said.
The 24-year-old added that she is just a student who depends on her guardians for survival.
But with this knowledge and starter pack given to her, she can move from being just a student to an employer.
The skill acquisition training was said to be one of the initiatives of the Federal Government to create employment and curtail restiveness among youth and women in the country.
Fatima Sawa, the provost of FCH told Bounce News that participants at the poultry production training workshop were the 3rd batch of the skill acquisition trainees.
In addition, about 320 youths and women have been empowered with knowledge, skills and starter packs to fend for themselves.
Lukman Muhammad, a graduate from Gombe State University said the training workshop is more than a training but a discovery of a new dawn for him.
“I came to this training 5 days ago unemployed however, today I am going back not just loaded with knowledge, but also empowered with starter pack to venture into poultry production”.
A participant from Adamawa State, Habila Samson while appreciating the organizers said apart from the knowledge acquired during the program, the number of poultry farms in Adamawa State has increased.
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