- There has been jubilation in parts of Cross River state following reports of an alleged agreement reached between ASUU and the federal govt
- One Agnes Brown, a student of UNICAL, stated that if not for the incessant strikes by either ASUU or other unions in the universities, she would have graduated in 2018
- Another student, Helen Peter, said she was elated over the news, as the strike had dampened her spirit
Following the emergence of news that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reached an agreement with the federal government over some of its demands, there has been jubilation in parts of Cross River state.
According to Daily Trust, students in the state said they have become wearied by ASUU's long drawn-out strikes which have made them lose a lot of academic time.
Legit.ng gathers that one Agnes Brown, a student of the University of Calabar, stated that if not for the incessant strikes by either ASUU or other unions in the universities, she would have graduated in 2018.
She pointed to the reported agreement between the federal government and the academic union as proof that other affected students would soon return to school.
She, however, noted that lecturers and students would have accumulated work to clear, in order to meet up with the academic calendar, if the strike ends as envisaged.
She said: “Like other students who have been at home because of the ASUU strike, I am happy that it is coming to an end. But the consequence is that our graduation time will again be extended, and this will impact against students. Once we resume, lecturers would be rushing over our courses to meet the curriculum.”
16-year-old Helen Peter, a newly admitted student at the University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom state, who relocated to stay with her parents in Calabar due to strike, lamented that her parents had paid the required fees for the academic year as well as other charges, yet she was unable to commence her studies due to the ASUU strike.
She said: “I have been longing to start my university education. My father has paid the acceptance fee, the school fees and other charges hoping that I would commence my studies but I have not. The strike has dampened my spirit.
"But I am elated over the news I am hearing about the reported agreement reached between ASUU and government to end the action."
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government reached an agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), thereby raising the possibility of the end of the ongoing strike.
Biodun Ogunyemi, national president of ASUU, spoke after the meeting with the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, on Monday, January 7.
He said the National Executive Committee of the union will review the new commitment of the federal government.
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