University lecturers have come under criticism from their students, who accused them of unduly prolonging their studies by embarking on strikes that disrupt the academic calendar.
Consequency, the NationalAssociation of Nigerian University Students (NANUS) appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing strike to safeguard the future of the students.
It said in a statement Sunday, that the gains of the strikes by the union over the years have never been felt by the students and urged the union to rethink the strategy of employing strike as a tool to force government to meet its demands.
According to the group, ASUU and other unions in the sector, even though they claim to demand better learning conditionsfor students, have never consulted with any student body or representative group before embarking on strike.
The statement, which was signed by NANUS National President, Mr. Peter Asuquo, lamented the fateof students, who have become trading bonds in the hands of the government and the union in the course of their negotiations.
“For all the strikes embarked upon by ASUU in the past 10 years with students being at the receiving end, we have not felt any direct beneficial impact on our part as students save for the spoils that accrue to the lecturers.
“We throw the challenge at the striking lecturers to forfeit their salaries in the course of strikes to balance the pains students feel, for whilst the federal government goes about its business unaltered, ASUU members who are on strike still receive their salaries for idling away at home,” the statement said.
The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) last week had also appealed to ASUU to sheathe its sword and pitythe students who have had to spend up to seven years studying for a four-year course.
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