Despite the ongoing nationwide industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), many students are still in hostels across universities in the country. Universities still having students staying back on compus include the University of Ibadan and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho and some others.
According to Daily Trust correspondent who visited the two campuses reports that it is very hard for anyone visiting Awolowo, Independence and Queen Elizabeth halls of residence in the University of Ibadan (UI) to believe that ASUU is currently on strike.
Other halls are also busy, while business centres are thriving in the University of Ibadan.
A 300-level student of Economics in the university, Tade Olaitan, said going back to his parents’ home during the strike was tantamount to laziness and lack of seriousness.
“If I go back home, then I am lazy and unserious. I am learning tailoring here. Although my parents may not like it, it is the best for me. However, some students are hiding in the hostels to transact some businesses we cannot mention on the pages of newspapers; but it is not all of us.
“I call on the federal government and the ASUU to resolve the ongoing strike for the interest of all,” he said.
A student, Lasisi Oluwakemi, said many of them were on campus because of the convocation that was held recently.
“Many students are on campus because of the convocation we had last week. Some parents also prefer to send money to their children in school rather than coming home. Many houses are not better than school for some of the students,” she said.
In the University of Lagos (UNILAG), findings revealed that students were made to vacate the hostels ahead of the 26th edition of the Nigerian University Games (NUGA) hosted by the school from March 16 to 26.
Although some students had remained in their hostels even after ASUU announced the commencement of a strike action on February 14, because of the NUGA games, they were asked to vacate the hostels to provide accommodation for visitors on campus during the competition.
A staff of the university told Daily Trust on Sunday that the students were not allowed to go back to the hostels after the sports competition.
However, some of the students who reside off campus have refused to go home as they have resorted to acquiring skills that can be of help to them in life.
Academic activities are ongoing at the Lagos State University (LASU) as the university did not join the ASUU strike.
An educationist, Falola Sunday, said it was a display of negligence for parents to allow their children remain on various campuses when lecturers are on strike.
“Many parents have failed in their duties. Why must you allow your children to stay where you cannot see them? That is one of the reasons we are having more internet fraudsters than students in our higher institutions. Ladies are now living a couple’s life in school because they know there are no parents to challenge them.
“The only solution is for parents to maintain their stand on taking care of their children. Every parent must ensure that their children and wards are under their watch,” he said
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