Trust the web-based entertainment to ridicule everything. An outsider was said to have asked a youthful Nigerian in the diaspora what ASUU implied since he frequently heard youthful Nigerians notice it. The young fellow said without a second thought that ASUU was the abbreviation for an association which powers Nigerian Universities to shut down continually.
I thought it was a blindside on the grounds that it rings so evident. ASUU closes down the Universities so frequently that the fresh insight about one more ASUU strike presently gets wrapped down up a side of standard papers.
It doesn’t cause the quake it once did. What’s more, obscure to the association, each strike, frequently over pay and stipends, turns into an aggravation to right reasoning individuals and brings down the regard a typical Nigerian holds the association. On the off chance that ASUU was the association of coal mineshaft laborers – I have nothing but good intentions – or individuals who depend more on sturdiness than cerebrum to take care of their business, then one could maybe comprehend the consistent response to strikes in light of the fact that its chiefs probably won’t have the intellectual ability to thoroughly consider things, or to foster an arrangement B. However, it isn’t. It is after all,the association of University wears, egg heads who should rough the most cerebral in the general public.
Aside from its fundamental occupation of influencing information into heads and psyches of for the most part youthful, energetic understudies, its other day work is pushing the wildernesses of information and civilization through research.
A little exploration, and maybe a little contemplation on its part would have uncovered that the expense of these ceaseless strikes has not been worth the increase. It isn’t likewise reasonable as an answer for the ASUU/Government struggle.
I will rapidly give four models among a few why it’s anything but an economical arrangement as I would like to think. One is that the strikes are occurring so frequently and at such uncaring and sharp times that compassion toward their goal has long changed to detachment and is continuously changing to hatred. In the event that the country has not seen, this ongoing strike is in its 6th month.
And that implies basically that the scholarly year is for all intents and purposes gone. The association could haggle to get compensated for work not done during that period but rather the year is gone as a loss in the existences of the understudies. Nothing can bring it back. This is coming closely following COVID19 which shut down the world, including colleges for a lengthy period. It would be hard for any parent who is adapting to the strain of unsettled adolescents in these troublesome times, to feel any compassion toward the delayed strike of ASUU whatever the reason.
Two, in the event that the results of our state funded colleges are believed to be silly and unemployable,it is to a great extent down to the steady strikes. Three, Nigeria has changed fundamentally from say a quarter century prior. Nigeria is a lot more unfortunate nation today and it basically can’t stand to bear the University charges alone even with good motives. Four, simply glance around. There are more choices now as confidential Universities than ever.
It is the ideal opportunity for ASUU to change strategies.
In evolving strategies, it doesn’t need to re-create the wheel. It simply needs to follow worldwide prescribed procedures. Best Universities the world over don’t depend 100% on their legislatures. Measurements show that many don’t get over 33% of their income from government.
The leftover 66% must be remotely obtained. This involves a ton of arranging, a ton of showcasing and indeed, a ton of inward discipline. There are awards out there for restrained and useful colleges. In any case, sadly, the debasement inside the University framework in Nigeria is as awful, while perhaps not more terrible than what is outside.
A chief University which ought to draw in unfamiliar understudies and awards by virtue of its family informed the National Assembly as of late that it couldn’t send its review report to the Auditor-General for a considerable length of time on the grounds that its examiner was visually impaired. (One wouldn’t anticipate that such an offending untruth should come from a University. Similar as the lie of a snake gulping cash that once came from sources in JAMB).Yet that University – and its association – feel qualified for yearly monetary designations.
The period of Universities – and State Governments – going abjectly to the middle for cash will before long be gone. Maybe until the end of time. The prior everyone, including the Federal Government itself understood this, the better for us all.
Nigeria needs to begin regarding its Institutions as Business Units. This implies that whoever will head any of those Institutions should have a business head and showcasing abilities to offer their items to the rest of the world. Luckily, numerous Senior Lecturers denounce the appearing politicization of ASUU and the resultant perpetual strikes. Many need a saner, more settled environment. A Senior Lecturer I examined with said furiously ‘Nigeria is a silly country.
Consider how we are preparing Medical Doctors practically for nothing just for them to run out of the country. A Professor of medication let me know that more than 80% of his understudies have left Nigeria. ASUU doesn’t maintain that the Government should charge more expenses yet needs a more significant compensation. ASUU has become contributor to the issue.
What does one think about demand State Governments should pay anything Federal Government is paying? And our Vice Chancellors? Many are bad to the point that even the little award they get is abused. I truly don’t know any longer. Our University framework might be more bad than the Federal Government’.
Nigeria, and this incorporates ASUU pioneers, needs individuals with the political will to upgrade this useless framework to an additional responsible and useful one. This is nevertheless a piece of the rebuilding melody many the nation over are singing. ASUU should in the mean time, be sufficiently smart to understand that its current disposition is probably going to hurt its future nearly however much it is harming individuals. ASUU, similar to Nigeria, needs a shift in course.