…said, if ASUU resumes strike, their second semester exams would be affected
Students of Federal University Lokoja (FUL) has begged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) not to resume its strike until after their second-semester exams.
The students’ plea came on the heels of ASUU’s congress meeting on Monday, deliberating on the Federal Government’s alleged failure to pay its members’ salaries after resuming work on October 14 from its eight months strike.
A cross-section of the students, who made the plea said it would be disastrous if their exams scheduled to commence on Nov 14 would not hold.
A Political Science student, said her prayer was that Monday’s ASUU congress would not end up with the resumption of the suspended strike.
“We have just settled down after the strike suspension and are seriously preparing for our second-semester exams starting next Monday. It will be disastrous for us in FUL if the exams will not be held as scheduled, considering the eight months we have wasted at home.
“My fervent prayer is that the union will not declare any strike at the end of their meeting today in Abuja,” she said.
Another student in the Department of Education, lamented the effects of any further strike on the Nigerian students and called for a rethink from ASUU to allow academic activities to continue while they settled their differences with the government.
“I think much damage has been done to the nation’s education system, and there should be due consideration for a turn of a new leaf because we’re talking about our future, the youths of this country. If at the end, we won’t be allowed to write this semester’s exams, then it will be so terrible and devastating.” He said.
A senior lecturer in the university, Dr Joshua Silas who is the FUL ASUU Chairman however said that they don’t have power of their own as a branch noting that the chapter will not disobey the national body if it asks them to resume strike immediately.