OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, COMR. FELIX IJEGALU

Dear Nigeria University Students,

Press Release on:

THE NEED FOR ALL SCHOOLS TO BORROW A LEAF FROM ODUMEGWU OJUKWU UNIVERSITY’S VICE CHANCELLOR, PROF GREG CHUKWUDI NWAKOBY :

“…If there is any period one would desire to be born in, is it not the age of Revolution; when the old and the new stand side by side, and admit of being compared; when the energies of all men are searched by fear and by hope; when the historic glories of the old can be compensated by the rich possibilities of the new era?” —Emerson

The National Association of University Students (NAUS) congratulate and encourage the Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Prof Nwakoby for heeding to our call for schools reopening across the country. We appreciate him for making sure that school activities resume in the school against all odds and pressures.

NAUS understand the plight of the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities. We understand that the infrastructural circumstances of our various campuses are worth weeping for. NAUS is not unfeeling of the fact that we, the students suffer these deplorable and tears-inducing conditions of infrastructure in our schools and the despicable condition of our hostels as well. We understand the student-friendly purpose to which ASUU strike is anchored on.

But, in as much as we are not happy with the state of the learning facilities in our campuses, we still have the understanding that most world class inventions were not invented in schools with great or state of the art infrastructures.

ASUU strike has run for six months now, and this is not the first time this type of strike is being carried out by ASUU. It appears to us that there is a conspiracy to lock-down the entire universities in the country. The members of ASUU stay at home and do nothing, yet, receive salaries for a job they never did, under the guise of “strike for a better infrastructure across universities in the country”.

If every other professional sectors embark on strike at every little provocation or for the said infrastructural dilapidation, people will die. Let’s assume Nigeria Medical Association strike in that manner and go on six months rest in the name of strike, people will die of curable diseases and preventable deaths because there would be no doctors to attend to the sick in the country. If all transportation businesses go on strike because of poor roads at every point in time, Nigerians would trek themselves to death.

We understand that our government has created these lacuna which lazy workers now leverage on for rest in the name of strike. We must also state vehemently, with zero fear or favour that our government has not been a saint, but, Nigerian students must resist to become victims of whatever disagreement between FG and ASUU.

The negative implications of ASUU’s incessant strike is that a student whose program was to run through 4 years might end up spending 6-8 years in school. ASUU strike is like an indefinite pause to the life and progress of a student and the nation too as any year lost can never be regained.

We seized this opportunity to thank and appreciate the Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Prof. Greg C. Nwakoby for reopening school activities. We, on behalf of the more than 20,000,000 registered members of university students worldwide, pledge our unalloyed and relentless support to him and his team. Very soon we shall start championing a “no resumption-no-salary campaign” so that those who do not want to resume school will stop receiving salaries. It is criminal to receive salaries for a work you did not do. You can not sit at home and be receiving salary. If you insist you cant work because infrastructures are poor, then, you will have to stay without salaries till they are fixed.

We appreciate ASUU’s struggle for a better learning system in our various institutions, but, they have also failed in their part, especially on the issue that pertains to TETFUND. Where are all the funds being lodged through TETFUND? Is ASUU not part of the beneficiaries of TETFUND and its project supervisor? Is ASUU not a stakeholder in TETFUND. Nobody wants to go on strike against those siphoning TETFUND. We therefore reaffirm our support to Prof. Greg Chukwudi Nwakoby, the Vice Chancellor, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University for resuming academic activities. We equally appreciate all those who have stood by the Vice Chancellor to see that students who are due for graduation are graduated.

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