…We are following our national body to go on strike – ASUU-LASU chairman
By Elizabeth Uwandu
Following the directive of Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday to begin a nationwide strike across federal and state universities over the failure of the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MOA) signed with the Federal Government, students at the Lagos State University, Ojo have lamented that the strike was a disruption to their future and academic pursuit.
Some of the students, who spoke exclusively to Vanguard, explained that despite the strike being in favour of them to have quality education, ASUU should find other means to drive home their demands, and the federal government should also fulfill their promise.
Mohammed Oshodi, current Public Relations Officer, LASU students union, the brunt of the strike would be felt grossly among the students.” Presently, I cannot say we are we are not part of the strike.
“However, being a student, I feel very bad that we may be going on strike again because the government is really unfair. If I am in a position of ASUU, I would do the same. But , we should know that whenever there is ASUU strike, it is the students that get affected the more. So we are pleading that the federal government should urgently answer ASUU so that we will go back to our academic.
For Tolu Adebiyi , a 400l student who declined to state his department , the strike was one of the reasons Nigerian education system remained backwards.
According to Adebiyi, “How can we the students be made to bear the brunt of government insensitivity? Look at other Africa countries, even small country like Cotonou, has a very high standard of education devoid of incessant strike compared to our own. The language we understand here is strike yet they expect us to compete favourably with our counterparts.
Continuing, the aggrieved students noted that, “We are tired of strike being the only tool government understands. Both parties should seek ways to address the issue at hand and allow us to continue our education unhindered.”Adebiyi said.
Meanwhile, a visit by Vanguard to some faculties showed that lectures actually held yesterday, but was suspended by mid- afternoon.
Speaking with Vanguard, one of the senior lecturers at one of the faculties seen conducting a lecture said he decided to hold the class having earlier scheduled it, but would join the industrial action by Tuesday.
“The directive by ASUU to embark on strike came late on Sunday. And I already scheduled a class for the students for Monday. We held the class, but I hope to join by tomorrow, “the lecturer said.
On his part, Dr Tony Dansu, secretary ASUU-LASU said LASU has no option, but to join in the strike. “We are all one body, and whatever ASUU says, we follow to drive home our demands. “