Group begs ASUU to consider students suffering, call off strike

By Gabriel Ewawoche

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been asked by an Enugu-based Progressive Students Movement (PSM) to consider the suffering of Nigerian students and be responsible in its negotiation in resolving the ongoing strike.

Bestman Okereafor, the President of PSM, in a statement, lamented that it was regrettable that the strike had been allowed to linger for such a long time.

They appealed to the Federal Government to withdraw its lawsuit against ASUU at the Industrial Court, noting that it would further waste the already wasted time of Nigerian students staying at home.

The PSM enumerated the recent losses caused by the lingering strike and appealed for a compromise between both parties towards ending the seven months strike.

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According to PSM, “It is regrettable that actions of both parties have led to shutting down of universities for seven months over the continuous strike which has obviously drastically affected the academic calendars.”

The group noted that the continuous strike has also deprived university students of joining their polytechnic counterparts in mobilising and partaking in National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

It lamented that information at its disposal revealed that a UNIBEN staff committed suicide a few weeks ago.

The group called for an amicable agreement by appealing to well-meaning Nigerians, especially prominent leaders and respected traditional rulers, to prevail on both parties to shift grounds and find a middle ground.

The statement observed that following the ASUU strike, Nigerian students had remained at the receiving end.

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