Some students of higher institutions in Bayelsa state have decried the continous destruction of their academic activities as a result of the incessant strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Business owners operating on the campus of the various institutions are also affected by the strike which had crippled economic activities.
In an interview with some students, they sympathise with ASUU and call on the government to proffer a permanent solution to all the contentious issues.
A student of the Niger Delta University (NDU), said: “ This strike is not funny, it will spoil my plans big time. I wish they don’t have to go, but what can I do? I pray Government meets their demands immediately because it’s going to be another waste of one month”.
Another student of the Federal University Otuoke (FUO), said :“I pray the situation is sorted out immediately because I am tired of this constant strike. I don’t understand why the government can’t settle ASUU once and for all. It is so painful that we have to continually suffer as students in Nigeria. Almost every academic session comes with a strike. Federal Government is just delaying us. They should end all this. I am tired.”
Some of the business owners also expressed displeasure over the commencement of the strike, noting that it is going to affect their business as students are their major client. They called on the government to fulfil their agreement with ASUU and save their businesses as it is their major source of income.
A food vendor at the NDU, stated that the four weeks strike will affect her and other business owners in the area.
“Anytime ASUU goes on strike, I feel sad because students will leave school. It’s students that buy my food. It’s from the small money I make here I use to support my husband and my train my children. I am praying they don’t go” she said.
A businessman speaking, said: “I make hoodies and it’s mostly patronised by students. The strike will affect my business but I will just try and find a way out just as I have always done. I think the government should put an end to this persistent strike”.