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Uyo residents urge ASUU to call off strike

Parents and guardians in Uyo have called on the striking members of ASUU to call of their strike and return to the negotiation table over their grievances.

Mr Sammuel Akpan, a Secondary School Teacher in the Akwa Ibom in his reaction, said the Federal Government was “not sincere in asking ASUU
to negotiate with individual universities”.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo on Thursday, Akpan said the federal universities were owned by the Federal Government
and so the government could negotiate and sign agreement with ASUU.

Akpan, however, appealed to ASUU members to return to their individual universities for negotiation if government insisted on that in the interest of
their students.

Sunday Okon, a yam trader at Akpan Andem Market in Uyo, said though he did not understand what both parties were talking about, his ward a university student had stayed at home for about two months now.

He said it was waste of time and money for him having paid school fees for
the whole session and there was no teaching for his child.

“I now have to provide additional money for the child’s upkeep as he stays at home,” he said.

Mrs Mariam Gibbs, a House Wife, said the “fruitless negotiations” between the Federal Government and ASUU had done a lot of harm to the nation’s educational system.

She appealed to ASUU to call off the strike, accept the much it achieved during the negotiations and return to the class room, adding “he who fight and run away lives to fight another day”.

A 400 level student of the University of Uyo, Miss Helen Bassey, said she was so upset because with only one semester to leave school, she could not graduate.

“My final year project has been abandoned. I can no longer read and ‘am tired of staying at home, please return to the classroom,” she appealed to
the striking lecturers.

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