Students in Nigeria universities have lamented the lingering strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to press home their demands, saying the prolonged strike is having negative effects on their studies.
The students who spoke at separate interviews with LEADERSHIP said they are more disturbed by the inability of the federal government and ASUU to reach an agreement on the lingering strike which has crippled academic activities.
LEADERSHIP’s visit to the University of Lagos, one of the affected institutions showed that the bubbling daily activities that take place at the university has come to a standstill as few students were seen around the campus.
Our correspondent who spoke to one of the students a postgraduate student that gave his name as Tope Omogbemi, said that the strike had distorted activities in the school.
He said the postgraduate students were mostly affected by the ongoing strike because they were already towards the end of their programmme, while some who were happy to have concluded their program weren’t able to defend their project as some supervisors are no longer attending to the PG students.
Also for some PG students the examinations that ought to take place for some programmes have been suspended.
Supervisors are no longer attending to the PG students. Some that were happy to have concluded their program weren’t able to defend their project as a result of the strike,” he said.
He pointed out that the strike is not only affecting the academic aspect of the school but also having socio economic implication as a lot of business activities has been affected.
“Take for instance People selling to take care of their family, now that there are no economic activities they will not be able to make sales and be able to take care of their family. Therefore when the strike happens it affects families too,” he said.
Oyetunde Eniola, an undergraduate student of UniLag stated that the strike wasn’t really affecting the undergraduate students as they were on break when the strike commenced but they were supposed to resume 19th of November but now they don’t know when they will resume.
She said, “I am doing petty jobs which are not really nice you know there is nothing in the country to work with, they should resolve their issues lecturers we don’t want to stay long in school.
We don’t know when we are going to resume and there is nothing we student can do about it. We signed indemnity form here so we can’t do anything we can’t fight we can’t protest.”