Just while we were drowned in the ocean of melancholy and buried in the sands of uncertainty as a result of the nine month old ASUU strike; there comes glad tidings: “The strike is suspended”.
This news is one that has made it to the headlines of various news medium, perhaps due to its significance to students. The news could be said to be one good news in this month of December after the terrible and horrible news which overwhelmed the mainstream and online media since the beginning of the month.
The suspension of the strike did not only bring vivacious smile to the faces of students, but the story is so to everyone who has direct or indirect connection with the university.
As heart soothing as the news may sound, however, the ASUU Boss, Prof. Ogunyemi was quoted to have said “the union would return to strike without notice if the government fails in meeting its part of the agreement reached with the university lecturers”.
The above statement of the ASUU chairman, I think is worthy of note. It simply means the suspension of the strike is conditional and it may resume if by any chance the government reneges on its promises.
Should this give us hope or hopelessness?
If that is the case, I must without reservations plead with the Federal Government to redeem its promises made to ASUU so as to enable the child of the common man have a future.
It was evident, the strike only added fuel to the fire of youth restiveness, increased rate of vices among others.
One must commend both parties (FG & ASUU) for resolving to settle the matter once and for all. Perhaps the struggles of ASUU for the improvement of public universities have not been in vain.
We hope this will mark the end of incessant strike which the ASUU is notorious for and usher in a new dawn where students will have undisrupted prescribed period of study.
By: Mahmud Yahaya,
Faculty of Law, Bauchi State University, Gadau. firstname.lastname@example.org