The rippling effects of the thirteen week-old strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in protest of federal government’s failure to implement the 2009 agreement, has started to tell on the nation’s public universities.

Students from the public Universities, who are due for their one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme in the next batch (‘C’), now fear that they may be unable to take part in the mandatory programme.

A source at the NYSC said students in private institutions have started receiving call-up letters for the 2013 Batch ‘C’ orientation exercise since the scheme must go on.

“We cannot postpone the exercise over the ASUU, Federal Government impasse.
“The mere fact that public institutions have been shutdown for three months is enough fact for prospective candidates to know they would not be enrolled for service, as all clearance needed for their call-up letters were not carried out,” he added.

A final year student, Health Education of the Tai Solarin University, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state, told DailyPost that the strike has disrupted her personal development plans.

“I had wanted to take up a course after my project while we await our call-up letters.

Now the registration for the programme has closed as I could not fulfil all the requirements due to the ongoing strike.
“We only hope that this action would end sooner,” she adds.

Meanwhile, the NYSC Director-General, Brig-Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Affia, has flagged off a two-day national summit on de-briefing/planning of NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.

The summit on the theme “Repositioning the NYSC SAED Programme to Enhance Service Delivery” is holding at the Lagos State NYSC Secretariat.

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