The three-week-old industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which has crippled academic activities in the nation’s public universities has continued to take huge toll on students, especially those who have already stayed unnecessarily long on campus. Some of them in this report expressed their displeasures over the strike.
Ajayi Babatunde is a 600 level student of the Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Ikeja, whose hope of graduating within the next couple of weeks has again been dashed. This follows the recent declaration of an indefinite strike embarked upon by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). According to Babatunde, who is also the President, Lagos State University Medical Students’ Association (LASUMSA), the programme he started in 2007 and originally scheduled to end this August was at a time, due to incessant strikes either by association of doctors or ASUU, rescheduled for April 2014.
However, “the ongoing strike,” Babatunde said; “has again confirmed the uncertainty of April date because a single day missed would definitely be repeated.” “It is sad that once again we are witnessing another unsolicited break. Just last year, we had eight months of strike by the Medical Guild which affected our clinical classes. “Now, we don’t know when this ASUU strike will end. Even the clinical postings we are attending now is a waste of time because whenever ASUU resumes, we will still repeat them.
Only few of us who are so passionate about medicine are attending while many of our classmates could not afford to waste their money, time and energy,” he explained. Similarly, Ilelaboye Johan (not real name), a Masters Programme student at the Department of Political Science, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, in Osun State, is in his third year for a twoyear programme. Continue reading “ASUU Strike Enters Third Week.. Students Going Mental”