By Aliyu Baba Mohammed
The students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria main campus have started vacating the campus to their various destinations in the early hours of Saturday, 19th February amidst the ongoing ASUU four-week warning strike declared by the institution last Wednesday.
The students were seen in hundreds trooping out of the campus with their luggages at the Main-and-North-gates of the prestigious University as a result of the unforeseen strike that hit the public varsities across the country.
Some of the students who spoke to The Abusites reporters expressed their displeasure over the unfortunate development. Urging the two parties to resolve their differences amicably in the interest of the nation.
“I’m bittered. I never saw this coming because I resumed just two weeks ago because of financial constraints. I couldn’t even resume earlier and now here I’m, going back again. It’s very unfortunate that strikes have become a recurrent phenomenon in Nigerian public Universities.”__Kamaldeen Idris said.
Another respondent, Abdulrahman Abubakar from faculty of social sciences appealed to the Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities to consider the interest of the students in handling their differences.
He said: “I think the government, especially ASUU, needs to consider the negative consequences of these incessant strikes. This kind of development is a serious distraction for students in their academic journey and ultimately, a destruction to the nation’s education system as a whole.”
Aisha Alhassan, a student of faculty of life sciences of the university urged ASUU to look for other means of negotiations to drive home their demands instead of engaging in a strike annually. She further advised the government to always be proactive in handling the demands of the trade unions in Nigeria to forestall unnecessary industrial actions in the country.
Recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) announced the four-week strike on Monday after a long meeting that started on Sunday evening at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
ASUU president Emmanuel Victor Osodeke said the industrial action is “comprehensive and total”.
Below are the pictographic activities of the students taken by our reporter: