By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” Students of the University of Jos have deserted their hostels following a two-week break granted by the authorities of the institution as a result of the strike by the academic staff which is in its third week.
Our correspondent who visited the Abuja, Naraguta and Village hostels found that the usual hustle and bustle were absent as only a few students were around.
Some of the students found said they were using the opportunity to work on their final year projects while some others said they were still hanging around hoping that the strike would be called off soon.
A few said they were from distant places and would not want to go home only to have to return a few days later if the strike is called-off. They hoped for an end to the strike so that it would not affect the academic calendar.
A 400-level student, Matthew Ohiani said the strike was coming at a wrong time and might affect his graduation time but understood the circumstances necessitating the strike.
According to him, â€œLecturers and students are operating under dehumanizing conditions and we cannot claim that actual knowledge transfer is going on in the expected sense.
UNESCO had prescribed 26 per cent of budget as the minimum allocation to education and if we are serious about being among the top countries in years to come, we must accord education due importance. Our government must be truthful and sincere for once.â€
The university had, through a statement signed by the Registrar, Mr. Zingfa Galam, announced a two-week break for students with effect from July 1, but gave no reason.