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The plight of a Nigerian Student

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Except you studied or is studying in a private university in Nigeria, there's no guarantee of a hitch free or smooth academic tenure of a student in Nigeria. Ranging from internal strikes to strikes because of Asuu. Many four years course are being studied for more than five years in Nigeria universities owning to incessant strikes. Only students who scale more smoothly in schools are the ones in the private institutions. Public universities in Nigeria are nothing to write home about.

Do we need Asuu at all? This is the question I was deliberating on as a student. Meanwhile Asuu has been on industrial strike since God knows when. They keep saying they are fighting for the interests of Nigeria students which is of course a lie from hell. They keep fighting for their selfish interests and their pockets. Asuu is nothing but a hindrance to the smooth educational system in this country.

Federal Government sometimes ago asked all the lecturers to register under the platform called IPPIS(Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System) which will help in enabling transparency in paying staffs and to discourage mediocrity. The platform aimed at detecting some lecturers who are receiving double salaries and those working in more than one institutions. The development by the government was welcomed with a lot of criticisms and many universities show their disinterest in it. For more than five months now in this year, Asuu has embarked on industrial strike which of course has had a negative toll on students nationwide. Now with this matter still at its inconclusive stage, I can't but imagine the future of students in this country. What will be our fate?

Incessant industrial strikes have made many students lose their opportunity of serving after graduation. In Nigeria, Graduates from Universities and from polytechnics are always mandated to serve their father's land(Nigeria) for 12 months. It's called NYSC(National Youth Service Corps). A graduate who as a result of age barrier or other reasons was unable to pass through NYSC will have difficulty in securing government jobs in Nigeria except he or she is a child of a politician who can unscrupulously maneuver their ways to the top. But for an average graduate with no connections anywhere, it's always hard being employed talk less of not serving.

Now with the pandemic and strike combined, almost one academic year have been wasted which can't be recovered. Some students who are in their final year before the strike has been delayed now and no hope of resuming soon, they keep aging at home. Many will reach the age limit of 30 years of age whereby they won't be allowed to serve again. Many that are supposed to graduate and go for their NYSC this year can't do that again since some of them clocked 30 this year. Now you asked whose fault, theirs or the Federal Government and Asuu?.

Agitation is not been made on how to improve the educational system in the country, how to meet with the world standards. All what our dear Asuu is agitating for is money and only money alone. You go to some of the public institutions today, basic academic infrastructures and facilities that aids learning are so mundane and lacks good qualities. Check out the academic theatres and lectures hall, their capacity is not enough to contain students. Some will have to sit on the floor to receive lectures from the lecturers. No tangible provisions was made to curtail this. Federal Government and Asuu decides to look the other way. Indeed it's always difficult for the children of the masses in Nigeria. Most of this shortcomings are not in private universities, only in public universities. Most students would have preferred to study in private universities but they lack the financial capacity. Even to study in a public university is an impossible dream for some people because of money factor.

The strike nevertheless has provided me the opportunity to enhance my knowledge and skills in some specific areas though it can't be said for all students. Many have simply be unlucky during this lockdown. Thanks to read.cash for helping me to know more about cryptos like Bitcoin cash. I have also met with important people who have really added value to me both on the internet and real life. Till we resume back to school, we keep moving and never giving up. Hope the duo finished their palaver and let us resume back to school.

Asuu stands for Academic staff union of universities

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the nigerian educational system is messed up big time. and it'll need serious cleansing.

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It is very much glaring and factual that one cannot graduate at the appropriate time in Nigeria universities if he or she did not attend private universities! For the fact that Nigeria as a political institution is highly corrupt ,the public university needs a body to hold the government to Ransome in order to ensure thing are done appropriately in the university system

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1 year ago

Even though the lecturers are always fighting for their right they still inflict more pain on the students

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1 year ago

I swear, schooling in Nigeria alone na punishment

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1 year ago

There are more issues as government are not concerned about the expense of the masses in order to demateralize us.

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Despite the fact that Asuu goes on strike like every 2years worthy of note should be that the cause of all these things is the federal government of Nigeria,they are never to be trusted,they don't equally honor agreement

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1 year ago

Nigerian students are very ready to learn and explore, but the system isn't making it easy and making room for them to grow. If only the government and the system works, the the life of a Nigerian student will be better.

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Nigeria style of education is outdated, to spend on it would be difficult for them.

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Education in Nigeria has been made so difficult with everything happening, and truth be told majority of the government and even the ASUU staff, their children are not here in Nigeria. They dont study here that is why they have no fear playing with the future of other Nigerians

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Wow, the way my brother says it I thought ASUU was the victim.

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