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ASUU : A DISGRACE AND ALL THE BAD STUFFS YOU COULD THINK OF.

After my first semester two-weeks break, I was eager to get back to school. I mean, two weeks at home was fun but tiring at the same time (errands et all) LOL! . I heard my school was going to resume for the next semester on the 17th June 2013. I started packing my belongings to get back to school, I just wanted to get done with my present Level and move on to the next level (despite my challenges in school). I got to school on the 15th of June and on the 17th we had already started lectures in my faculty (LAW). We were still waiting for other classes to begin (Social Science Courses we borrowed) and GES.
On the 1st of July, Our Contract lecturer told us we would be having a test on the 8th of July – Nobody found it funny, we don’t take TESTS in this course, we do PRESENTATIONS. After all the murmurings we went back to the hostel and started IR (Intensive Reading). But after classes that day, the bombshell dropped : ASUU IS ON STRIKE. And I’m like “we just got back” *WTF*!!!!! Okay, I was happy because I was going to have more time for the unexpected test. This “more time” became “more days” and this “more days” became “more months” and this “more months” is now 4MONTHS!!! *Jaw-dropped*.

Now, I had already gone to the market, bought stuffs for the semester or at least half of the semester. I got food items, beverages and what have you? I expected the strike to stay for few weeks and so when I was going home, I left with few stuffs. Now, everything I bought from the market is BAD!!! Not funny.

WHY THIS STRIKE? A nation like Nigeria?! It is so embarrassing, disgusting, irritating. I’m not in support of either the FG or ASUU I just want this rubbish to come to an end. Because there is nothing as good as “BEING IN SCHOOL when you are supposed to be IN SCHOOL”.

“The Union cannot claim the dearth of expertise in industrial psychology, sociology, law or crisis management, who should be able to synthesise an efficient alternative to strike actions which have done more damage to the public image of ASUU as a union of academics who are never contended but rather are ready to sacrifice the future of their students for the improvement of their personal emoluments” – PROF.BABATUNDE MUNIR OGUNSANWO at the 49th inaugural lecture of Olabisi Onabanjo University, July 28th, 2009.

They keep saying “Half-baked” students.. But Please, who is teaching the “half-baked” ?! It is widely acknowledged that a large chunk of what students are taught in various higher institutions of learning in Nigeria has no utilitarian or practical applications outside the school system. Infrastructure has nothing to do with half-baked students, rather it has a lot to do with our “ASUU people”.

If you take a careful and closer look you will realise that our ASUU people are the major problem of education in Nigeria. Let’s forget Monetary problems and the Federal Government.
Is it Infrastructure that tells a young girl to use her money and book a hotel room so that her lecturer can have his way? And when the girl refuses , is it still infrastructure that gives the girl 39% (Just one point to the pass mark)?
Is it the Infrastructure that says to the students “Even the most brilliant won’t get an A” ?
Do you now see my point?
At first most people were in support of ASUU but now they are seeing things in a different perspective . They have made this strike their hobby.
Look at this :

1994 : 6months
1995. : 5months
1996. : 7months
1998. : 5months
1999. : 5months
2001. : 2months
2002. : 3months
2003. : 6months ending in 2004
2005. : 2weeks (nawa o)
2006. : 1week
2007. : 3months
2008. : 1week
2009. : 4months
2010. : 5months
2011. : 3months ending in 2012
2013. : 4months +

Our Dear ASUU people as I have decided to call them are just being greedy/selfish . I hope they don’t give them a dime in the name of salary! : NO WORK – NO PAY! . Students would have to pay fresh rents because their rents are expired (even though they didn’t get the chance to stay fully). Some PG/Masters Students would pay yet another school fees for the same session. Imagine? I’m so angry right now. Some students died on their way home because their Vice Chancellors chased them out of the hostels. No thanks to ASUU. This evil trend has to stop!!!

I could write more on this issue but what is it going to change? You go to school at the age of 16 (fresh, happy, hope, aspirations) and then you graduate at the age of 30 (downcast, troubled, no job because you are way past the employment age and all that stuff we hear about).
Its just so sad…. I don’t want to celebrate two Birthdays in the same level, I mean that would be the height of this!

God help us.

**ADR!3LNAL!N3**

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THE STATE OF MY NATION

The state of my nation
My nation, the giant of Africa is a nation I think about in shame. Oh! My heart is sore and bitter as I think and reflect on the state of my nation. On the first of October, 1960, it is true that the union jack was lowered and a green-white-green flag of a new nation, Nigeria was hoisted. Then, Nigerians sang of freedom and joyously celebrated the much coveted independence. Men and boy, women and girls were indeed thrown in an exultant ecstasy at the birth of a new nation. And all the citizens then, look forward to the supposed glorious future of a great nation. Unfortunately, fifty three years have come and gone and that ‘glorious future’ is still but a mere fiction trapped in some hidden books, unwritten! What can I say? I am just an ordinary citizen with myriads of unasked questions and over-pregnant with unspoken words. However, silence is a song I no longer want to sing again. Fifty-three years after, it is high time I voiced out as a citizen of this country. My nation is fifty-three years old and so I will speak about the state of my nation.

The story of education in my country is such a horrible one that causes scary nightmares when told at night. Our schools can best be regarded as the “bakery section” where half-baked students are continuously being baked out to litter our crowded streets. It is nothing to write home about! What more? The education sector is thoroughly and successfully under-funded by the government. Dilapidated structures grace our schools and fifteenth century ideas filled our curriculum. You go to college at the age of sixteen for a four year course and you end up leaving the university at the age of thirty, such are the lengthy strike actions of teachers and lecturers who grumble every day for better pay. It is now over ninety days that the ASUU has been on strike, yet solution seems to be no where around, the state of my nation.

The power sector is a no go area, one no longer knows if PHCN was established to supply power or to ‘hold’ it. The sights of light are moments to be celebrated. In my nation, the president calls for a media chat but only one percent (1%) of the nation’s population are able to see it because most homes are thrown in the wilderness of blackouts. Despite our massive resources, we are yet to develop our health sector. Expired drugs grace our hospitals and helpless patients lie in bed desperately hungry for treatment. Our health centers are perfect substitute for morgues!

Corruption is a word that no Nigerian needs to check up in the dictionary to know its meaning, it’s written all over the country! We are just too comfortable with it that one act of honesty seems to be an alien one from a different planet. EFCC and ICPC are mere ceremonial and redundant, just like the proverbial toothless dogs. Politics has become a do-or-die anniversary in my nation. The only place where a stupid erroneous mathematical perception of “16 greater than 19” will be highly celebrated! The political atmosphere is totally in mess. In my nation, the legislators beat themselves up like touts and miscreants at the motor parks. Where the sacred mace is turned to beating rod with which they break the heads of one another.

In my nation, violence is a normal carnival. Terrorists continue killing innocent citizens like sacrificial lambs; insecurity is the air we breathe. GDP rises at the expense of human development. Tribalism and ethnic rivalry is the order of the day. Religious tension and religious intolerance have been hacking into our unity. Unemployment rages on like a fire in the harmattan. National cake obviously is the value we hold to our dearest hearts, not to protect but to plunge! Oh! Yes that is the state of my nation. The list, as you can see is a series that can never be completed.

But I will stop and speak no more of the ills; I will speak no more of the woes and plagues that bedevils us as a nation. I will speak no more of the shame and I will put the blames on no one. I will speak no more of destructions and devastations. My nation is fifty-three today, hurray! It is a long place we have come. It is a thing of joy that despite our pitiable plight we still stand together “bound in freedom and unity”. Though, the road has been rough and the paths have been wobbled, yet the journey of fifty-three years deserves a celebration.

Therefore, let there be jubilations on the faces of all the citizens. Let green-white-green flags of my nation flood the streets. Let our people – old, young, male and female march to the stadium and celebrate a fifty-three years of freedom. Yes, let the people enjoy this one day that makes them forget about the many problems of our land, they deserve it. And let us continue to pray to God to “guide our leaders right, help our youth the truth to know”, that we might build a nation “where peace and justice shall reign” Happy Independence Day to my nation, Nigeria. God bless all the citizens. God Bless our leaders. God Bless Nigeria.

**ADR!3LNAL!N3**

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