Just as many envisaged, it eventually became a reality as ASUU openly declared the commencement of a 1-month Nationwide warning strike and instructed her members to effect it across universities.
For the freshers, it’s a piece of news they wished never broke from their reactions. It’s been a long journey towards gaining admission into the University of Ibadan, and just at the point of being validated and called UItes, ASUU strikes.
However, the matriculation ceremony which was earlier slated to come up on 15 February 2022 according to the 2021/2022 Academic session is still expected to go on as planned especially if members of ASUU don’t disrupt the process.
Most ‘stallites’ had already anticipated the strike, so when asked about how they felt, several responses showed indifference, even if they wished it was avoidable. Sam said, “I thought ASUU won’t go on strike due to the closeness of the period to the general elections, I expected the government to play some politics and avoid the strike for election purposes but here we are again.” Another respondent Abigail said, “Me I don’t even know what’s wrong with ASUU, sha the strike allows me to do some other things, we go dey alright lass lass”
Freshers who were high-spirited before the news largely now have their morales dampened, with many not understanding the effect that such industrial action can have on their immediate studies. Arinze, a fresher said, “I’m even confused, I don’t understand what is going on. After struggling to gain admission, class never start we don enter strike again….I’m just too tired“.
Although the 1-month strike action is to serve as a warning strike for the Federal government to attend to ASUU’s grievances, if no positive step is taken there’s a high probability that the strike would continue and ASUU had before now threatened that whatever strikes it embarks on will be the “Mother of all strikes”
The strike action is based on several agitations and a prevalent of them is the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement amongst many others.