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ASUU STRIKE: Youths take campaign for resumption to social media
NIGERIAN youths have resorted to a social media campaign over the strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which has disrupted academic activities in major federal and state universities in the country.
The campaign tagged #endasuustrike trended all day on Twitter on Monday.
Since November 5, 2018, Nigerian lecturers have been on strike over several issues, including better funding for universities, non–implementation of previous agreements, non-payment of earned academic allowances, salary shortfalls and pension matters.
In November, the National President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi said the struggle was for the students’ good. He called on all Nigerians to join ASUU in putting pressure on the federal and state governments to pay adequate attention to all the academic institutions to avoid “a total collapse of the educational sector.”
But as the strike continues to linger, the students have continued to cry out to the federal government and ASUU to show more commitment to ending the indefinite strike. In its 84th day on Monday (or 12 weeks), the students say only remains a week to make up a normal semester.
Joe Solomon, a Twitter user tweeted that the future of Nigeria has been home wasting their time and lives. “We can’t be the future by staying at home and doing just nothing,” he said.
Another user Favour Onyeoziri expressed how millions of youths’ lives have been on hold. He tweeted: “Already 3 months’ strike, that is the life of millions of Nigerian youths put on indefinite hold.”
Also, a tweet by Nwanne Erica lamented on how she has been delayed. “I should have been preparing for the first-semester examination but ASUU is on strike. Please, I don’t want a delayed future,” she lamented.
Similarly, several have cried out that they were tired of staying at home, doing nothing. A user tweeted how the on-going strike could disenfranchise a lot of students in the forthcoming general elections. She said that students who got their permanent voters card in school are now at home.