Nigeria’s Asuu university strike: ‘Wasted eight months of my life’

Lecturers in Nigeria say they will go back to work on Monday after a strike that closed most of the country’s universities for eight months, leaving hundreds of thousands of students angry and frustrated.

“That’s eight months wasted out of my life, and what did the strike achieve?” asked one student who did not want to be identified.

The strike which began in February was the 9th in 13 years – the latest in a decades-long saga with the government about funding tertiary education in the country.

The main lecturers’ union – the Academic Staff Union of Universities (Asuu) – has been fighting for improved funding but the government says it can’t meet all its financial demands.

Asuu said it decided to call off the strike “as a law-abiding union and in deference to appeals” by Nigerians but that “issues remain unresolved”.

The lecturers stopped work at public universities to support their demands, but the prolonged strikes have caused widespread disaffection among students and…

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