ASUP Prepares For Strike Amidst Nigerians' #EndAsuuStrike Demands
For over a month now, students of most Nigerian universities have been at home as a result of the industrial action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Some students have lost hope of returning to school this year, as the Yuletide season sets in.
But right from their homes, Nigerians are making an #EndAsuuStrike demand, stating different reasons why the government should act fast.
It is the government that ASUU has blamed, insisting that it has not kept its part of an agreement on funding of universities to improve the standard of tertiary education in Nigeria.
There have been negotiations that have not yielded any tangible result and Nigerians took to Twitter on Wednesday, December 12th to express their dissatisfaction with the lingering strike that is further killing the standard of education in the nation and giving private universities that most Nigerians see as expensive an edge.
#EndAsuuStrike is all they are saying in different ways.
The Nigerian educational system needs immediate overhauling. #EndAsuuStrike#EndAsuuStrike#EndAsuuStrike#EndAsuuStrike#EndAsuuStrike#EndAsuuStrike#EndAsuuStrike#EndAsuuStrike#EndAsuuStrike#EndAsuuStrike#EndAsuuStrike#EndAsuuStrike#EndAsuuStrike #EndAsuuStrike— Oluyemi Fasipe???? (@YemieFASH) December 12, 2018
When anything is trending, Nigerians will find a way to add humour to it. Some of the comments insinuated that some students will be in jubilation mood even as their academic calendar extends.
Meanwhile as Nigerians made the #EndAsuuStrike demand, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic(ASUP) began a nationwide strike today Wednesday, 12th December.
It is a development that will bring the nation's tertiary education to a halt for the year.
The national president of ASUP, Usman Dutse, on Tuesday, said the strike became necessary as a result of the failure of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements reached with the union.
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“We are commencing our strike tomorrow (Wednesday) as scheduled. Everything is set and there is no going back.
"There is an invitation for a meeting on December 17, but we will still commence our strike on Wednesday.
“I don’t know what will happen at the meeting or what they have decided, but until we meet with them, we cannot predict. I don’t know what they plan to present until we meet with them,” Dutse had told the News Agency of Nigeria yesterday, Tuesday 11th December.
Dutse said the strike would be comprehensive and total, until all issues raised were adequately addressed by the government.
It has been said that a nation is as developed as its education system, but the Nigerian government appears to be looking the other way, with the amounts allocated to education on a steady decline in the budget.
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