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Adamawa students protest ASUU strike, hands FG no-lecture-no-vote threat

Adamawa State students under the aegis of National Union of Adamawa State Students (NUADSS), staged a protest Thursday in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, against the strike by their lecturers, saying they have had enough of it and asking the Federal Government to resolve the issues involved without further delay.

The lecturers, rising under the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), started the strike on November 4, 2018, over non-implementation of a Memorandum of Action (MOA) signed with the Federal Government.

In their protest, the members of NUADSS, students of Adamawa state origin spread in universities across the country, reiterated that it is imperative on the lecturers and the Federal Government to be quick in coming to an agreement and letting normal academic activities resume.

Expressing their frustration during the Thursday protest l at the Ahmadu Ribadu Square in Yola, the students chanted, “We say no to this! We say enough is enough!”

The President of the National Union of Adamawa State Students, Ashraf Usman Marafa, said contemporary students could not tolerate people in leadership positions who would not ensure the smooth delivery of education that they enjoyed while they were in school.

“It is disappointing to see people who were beneficiaries of free and qualitative education deny students theirs,” he said.

Insisting that the students had taken enough of the ASUU strike, Ashraf said, “We all know that for 10 weeks today, ASUU has been on strike. We’ve been tired of this for a long while now.”

He gave the Federal Government the alternative of either meeting the demands of the lecturers and getting them back to work or losing the electoral goodwill of students, specifying, “All we are saying is there are alternatives and with our large voting block, we will take a step should the strike continue. No vote for the incumbent should the strike linger.”

Ali Adoyi

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