Students give Nigerian govt two weeks ultimatum to resolve ASUU strike

AE students protest

The students protesting.

Students give Nigerian govt two weeks ultimatum to resolve ASUU strike

By Mkpuma Enyinna, Abakaliki

Students of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo in collaboration with NANS have embarked on a peaceful demonstration to express their grievances over ASUU strike in Nigeria.

The students demonstration  took place at the Pa-Ngele Oruta Township Stadium where students of the institution and other NANS leaders gathered to express their displeasure over the lingering strike.

The SUG President of AE-FUNAI, Comrade Jerry Okafor, regretted that most students were on the street engaging in all manner of social vices, calling on Federal Government of Nigeria to take urgent steps to resolve the matter before it degenerates to another thing.

He lamented that billions of naira were spent in the just concluded primaries, while ASUU demands were not up to such amount.

“We are against the Federal Government for not meeting the demands of ASUU. ASUU are our lecturers, and if not because of these lecturers, we won’t be getting standard education. So the Federal Government because of inappropriateness, has not settled ASUU for a very long time based on their agreement in 2009 among others.

“They have abandoned the students, the future leaders of this country because of primary election and don’t even have any concern about our wellbeing because most of their children are studying outside the country, getting sound and standard education while we are here gallivanting in the streets.

“Some students are already endulging in all forms of social vices because of ASUU strike.

“We are urging Federal Government to settle ASUU. They spent billions during the just concluded primary election and what ASUU is demanding for is not up to that amount. The Federal Government should do the needful because we students are not happy. We are giving them two weeks ultimatum to resolve the strike or we storm the entire street of this state.”

On his part,the chairman, Joint Campus Council (JCC), Ebonyi State Axis, Comrade Oke John Kingsley, said that students were not happy about the way ASUU strike was being handled by Federal Government, saying that they are tired of staying at home, adding that some students are now fully into prostitution, unwanted pregnancy, early marriage, while others are into yahoo because of the inability of government to resolve the strike.

He therefore urged Federal Government to listen to the demands of ASUU to provide facilities that will make the school environment conducive for students.


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