It is no longer a new news to us about the ongoing disagreement between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria today.
The current agitation by ASUU to FG especially on matters pertaining to the funding of the Universities(public) in Nigeria has been a call that seem to be overlooked by the Federal Government. The ASUU chairman in a press briefing said “public Universities have 95% of the population of students in Nigeria, while private Universities have only 5%”. This actually means that almost every student in Nigeria passes through these public Universities.
The agitation by ASUU is on the right track because as a student I have understood the need for our Universities to be funded.
Some of the Universities in Nigeria do not have facilities in their laboratories and how can we students do our practicals, ours hostels are like where animals stay, our classes are so congested to the point that lecturers find it suffocating to enter such a place to lecture(imagine a class capacity of 100students and 600students are coming to learn there), our schools do not have adequate power supply and this is a very big challenge to those that stay in the hostels because there will not be water to take their bath.
With all these listed above, my question now is, why is the Federal Government overlooking the demand of ASUU and why are we the students not fighting for our future by supporting ASUU that meant well for us?
The Students’ Union as I was told in the 80’s and 90’s was a very strong and recognized pressure group. Where is that spirit of unionism(Aluta Continua), has the spirit suddenly died off, can’t we stand up and fight for our right? The agitation by ASUU was to be done by us at the first place but all we do is to sit down and abuse the ASUU that mean well for us, being tools used to disrupt ASUU meetings and also robbing minds with the Federal Government against them.
Fellow Nigerian Students, let us wake up now and join the agitation by ASUU, let us be at the forefront of this agitation, let our parents be aware that we no longer do practicals in our various schools due to lack of facilities, we now sleep in hostels that is no longer conducive for humans, we do faint in our classrooms trying to acquire the knowledge we were sent to acquire, let us wake up and fight for ourselves and our unborn children.
ALUTA CONTINUA VICTORIA ASCERTA💪
I am COMR. IROHA UZOCHUKWU UDUMA (Students’ Union PROVOST)
Writing from the University of Port Harcourt.