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ASUU Strike: Parents Lament Effects On Students, Urge Govt’s Intervention

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By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu

One week into the four-week warning strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to compel the federal government to heed to its demands, parents of affected students have condemned the action, feeling the effects on the students.
A cross section of parents who spoke to The Tide in PortHarcourt, yesterday, said the incessant strike action by ASUU has affected the students adversely in their academic pursuits.
A retired civil servant and father of a year four Accounting student, Dr Nwokeocha Smith said, this whole thing is becoming worrisome. How can a student who is to use four years for his course of study now use six years. Some of them could no longer go for the National Youth Service Corps all because of this on and off strike actions by ASUU”.
A businessman, Fred Manoah,who decried the situation said, “we need these children to graduate so they can now help us especially considering the economic situation we are into”.
“I wish that ASUU will find another way of settling this matter with the federal government because at the end of the day, the government does not have anything to lose since their children are in schools abroad”, Manoah said.
Another parent and mother of two undergraduates, Mrs Miriam Miebaka Horsefall, said “it is not funny at all. Some of these students are at the verge of graduating and then this strike. It is a warning strike, yes but who knows if it will later last for another one year or more and the effect, devastating. You know, it is said that when two elephants are fighting, the grass suffers”.
According to her, the incessant strike actions by the ASUU are capable of preventing young graduates from gaining employment.
In her words, “now that there is age limit in employment, these children need to graduate as at when due and gain employment in order to help themselves and their parents too”.
The parents unanimously called on the government to intervene, not just to save the situation of the children and students but the educational and future of the country.

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Mob Kills College Female Student

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A female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, has been killed and her body set ablaze in a mob attack by students of the institution over alleged blasphemy.
A source who spoke with newsmen in the state confirmed that the deceased, named Deborah Yakubu, was alleged to have used blasphemous language.
According to the source, “she was having an argument with some of her schoolmates over their ongoing examination and when she was asked how she managed to pass her exams, she said it was Jesus.
“She was asked to withdraw the statement and apologise which she refused.
The school security intervened, and took her to their post but they were overpowered by students after which she was killed in the process.
“After killing her, her body was burnt on the school premises,” he added.
Meanwhile, authorities of the school have closed down the school and asked all the students to vacate the school premises immediately.

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ASUU Strike: Buhari Begs Lecturers To Consider Students

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the lingering strike.
Buhari urged ASUU to consider the plight of the students and call off the industrial action.
The President made the appeal at the 19th National Productivity Day celebration and Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award, held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.
He also urged the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to exercise patience as the government tries to resolve the crisis.
Buhari recalled his February 1 directive to His Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, the Ministers of Education and Labour and Employment, Adamu Adamu and Chris Ngige, respectively, to address the concerns of the striking aggrieved workers’ unions.
ASUU has been on strike since February 2022.
But ASUU last Monday extended its ongoing roll-over strike by another three months.
The body is demanding funding for the revitalisation of public universities, the Earned Academic Allowances, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.
Others include the renegotiation and implementation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

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IAUE Graduates First Set Of B SC Students As Over 3,000 Students Pass Out Of University

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Ignatius Ajuru University of Education has graduated its first set of Bachelor of Science degree students from the University, last Friday.
Speaking shortly after the ceremony in an interview with The Tide, a father, who is also a retired staff of The Tide, Newspaper, Mr Urang Job Ogotute stated that for the first time, the university has produced the first Bachelor of   Science Batch of Computer Science and other fields.
Ogotute, explained that before, it was only in Bachelor of Education, saying: “Today, the school has metamorphosed in other level of degrees, which is better.
He expressed joy to witness the son’s graduation as well as the rapid development that the IAUE has brought into the state, while thanking the Rivers State Government, and other leaders in the state including the governing council, the Senate, which have made it possible for other degrees like B.Sc and not only B.ED to be offered in an educational institution of this nature.
Also speaking in an interview with The Tide, Best Graduating Student In the Human Kinetic, Mrs Favour Chinonyorem Anosike , who hails from Abia State stated that the university does not play with hard working students, noting that the evidence is a cash of one million naira (N1,000.000) given to her today as the best graduating student in her department.
Anosike stressed the need for students to be hard working, saying: “Hard work pays a lot, my journey thus far was a rough and tough one, as a young lady, newly married to combine family affairs with rigorous studies, night and day was not really easy, but am happy today that my efforts were not a waste.
“As you can see, it pays me double my certificate plus an additional N1million in my name. To God alone I give all the praise, for grace, wisdom and knowledge granted me to emerge best in my department,” Anosike added.
In his reaction, one of the graduating students in Computer Science, Irionu Ogotute who graduated from the Faculty of Natural and Applied Science: Computer Science charged those that are contemplating to either further their education or not to believe in themselves as well as in God.
Ogotute stressed that help always comes from God if only they decide to pursue the academic endeavours, God will always make them achieve their dreams.

“I thank God for being alive to witnessed a day such as this. I thank God for making today a reality. I want to advice others, especially those who are confused about the way life is treating them to never give up but should believe in themselves and in God as with God you can achieve whatever you want to achieve in life.

“Hard work pays, so never give up on your dreams and aspirations, God will help you surmount those challenges of life and you will come out successful.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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