The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called off the eight month long strike that started early this year. The Union sent out the information using its official Twitter handle at the early hours of today. At exactly 03:39 hrs (GMT+1), Friday 14, October 2022, the tweet was posted on @ASUU_NGN , the official twitter page of the Union which reads: “Congratulations Nigerian Students. The 8-months Strike has been suspended conditionally; Universities to reopen on Monday the 17th October, 2022.”
From then on, till the time of this report, there has been different responses from those who have read the post. Mixed reactions filled the comment section of the page: while some are jubilant and some are pleasantly shocked, others are either sad or disdainful.
Below are some of the comments:
@CryptoG45 said: “just imagine the timing: 14th Feb -14th Oct. 2022, what a big coincidence! Well, nothing we can do, it’s just a pity people’s time has been wasted.”
@Daberechiokpara wrote: “Conditionally? May something like ASUU never happen to us again.”
Abideen Oyelowo wrote: “U people better resume unconditionally for the betterment of our students, ireo.”
Some lamented that they just got a job or started a viable business but will have to stop because of the news. Others said the highway leading to their schools’ locations has been destroyed with flood; hence there is no way to get to school and some of these schools have announced that the students will start out with examinations.
It has been eight months since the Union made the first announcement of a 2-week long strike; then it escalated to a total of 32weeks of inactivity in the Nigerian Tertiary Institutions. Students were deprived the opportunity for development, growth, promotion, and even graduation for those in their final years.
Ireport 247 celebrates with the students and prays that everything they require to make up for the lost time, resume their studies without any form of regrets are, supplied in abundance. Amen.