Scholars of Federal University Lokoja( FUL) on Monday contended with the Academic Staff Union of Universities( ASUU) not to renew its strike until after their alternate- semester examinations.
scholars ’ plea came after the Reports that the National Executive Council of ASUU will be meeting in Abuja moment, Monday, November 7, 2022, to bandy the payment of half- hires to the speakers.
Recall that on Friday, October 16, 2022, ASUU suspended its eight- month-old strike which had shut down public universities in the country to demand full perpetration of agreements it had entered into with the Federal Government a many times agone
While the ASUU strike lasted, the civil government had claimed on enforcing the ‘ No Work, No Pay ’ policy when the university preceptors were down from their duty posts.
still, effects took a new turn last Thursday, November 3, 2022, when it was gathered that the government only paid half- month hires to the university preceptors.
Meanwhile scholars who made the plea while speaking with NAN in Lokoja, said it would be disastrous if their examinations listed to commence on November 14 would not hold.
Miss Joy Abuh, a Political Science pupil, said her prayer was that Monday’s ASUU congress would not end up with resumption of the suspended strike.
“ We’ve just settled down after the strike suspense and seriously preparing for our alternate semester examinations starting coming Monday.
“ It’ll be disastrous for us in FUL if the examinations won’t hold as listed, considering the eight months we’ve wasted at home.
“ My hot prayer is that the union won’t declare any strike at the end of their meeting moment in Abuja, ” she said.
Another pupil, Adeiza Ibrahim, with Department of Education, lamented the goods of any farther strike on the Nigerian scholars and called for a rethink from ASUU to allow academic conditioning continue while they settled their differences with the government
“ I suppose important damage has been done to the nation’s education system and there should be due consideration for a turn of new splint because we ’re talking about the our future, the youths of this country.
still, we wo n’t be allowed to write this semester examinations, also it’ll be so terrible and ruinous, “ If at the end.
Apeyemi Abubakar, a 100 position pupil of Chemistry Education said, “ all we’re soliciting for is for ASUU to allow us write this examination without any interference ”.
“ We’ve stayed home longer than necessary and now that we’re back in lot, the Federal Government and ASUU shouldn’t allow anything to tamper with our educational hobbies presently, ” she prayed.
On the other hand some branches across the country have held a congress to decide on the coming way to take.
The branch at the University of Jos, for case, resolved that the speakers stay home pending the payment of withheld hires by the government; the branch at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University resolved that the 2021- 2022 academic session be abolished, and the Gombe State University ASUU resolved that the examination results of scholars be seized.
A member of the NEC who spoke on condition of obscurity said, “ Officially, the public body didn’t tell branches to hold congress, but numerous of them started calling meetings following the damage of the reattached payment by the government. We don’t have to go on strike; there are lots of options available. ”
When asked about the options available, the member said, “ We can decide to stay at home, we can decide to seize results, or we can decide to cancel the session since the government wo n’t pay the withheld payment and we ca n’t work for months that we were n’t paid for. ”