Will Nigerian Students Ever Be Free of ASUU Strike?

June 1, 2022

ASUU has gone on strike so many times, we’ve actually lost count. The thing that seems different about this instance, though, is that everyone has seemingly resigned to their fate.

From terrible electricity supply to alarming nationwide insecurity, and the blatant disregard for the educational sector, the Nigerian government has shown us that they don’t give a shit about citizens they’re supposed to serve.

Another way to know that they’ve run out of (pretend) fucks to give is that elections are around the corner and they’re not even trying to make amends for their bad leadership. 

At first, jokes flew left and right when ASUU first announced the strike. Some students even felt relieved. Because, let’s face it, being a student is hard.

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But with every extra week at home, our peace of mind took a hit, which is pretty common if you live in a Nigerian home, and returning to school was your only escape.

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So when the Minister of Education paid ₦100M for the presidential form two months later, we all thought that money had arrived. And he was now ready to clear the debts so students who have spent seven years in school for their five year courses, could now graduate, right?

ASUU announced that the warning strike had been called off, and students around the country began rejoicing because who wouldn’t want to dump house chores and reactivate bad bitch mode?

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Only for the second paragraph to read that they were ending the three month long strike so they could start an indefinite one!

Let’s do the math.

If Warning strike = three months, Indefinite strike= ?

At this point, we’re scouring the internet for the address of the nearest ASUU board member, so we can show up at his door like this.

But yet again, we woke up to another update on Friday, May 20th 2022.

The government had gone ahead to commence payment of ₦34billion minimum wage arrears owed, but ASUU claims that was just one of their demands and therefore, would be continuing the strike.

The question on everyone’s mind now is, 

What next?

Yes, we want them to call off the strike now, but that is clearly a short-term fix because they’ll most likely go on another strike in less than nine months. Why? Because the government only ever pays enough for them to suspend the strike, not end it.

But we don’t care. Calling it off temporarily would at least buy some people enough time to graduate.

With all this happening, if you still believe bogus theory that says, “2.1 in a Federal University is equal to 1st class at a private one”, I recommend running an MBA in Unilag. Come back in four years when you’re done to talk about your experience. 

In the meantime, we’ve gone to get our PVC. Because someone has to pay for this strike, and those people are sure as hell not getting our vote this election.

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