Strike Stricken?

Happy Monday!

Do you see the irony in that… Happy + Monday… Wrong combo right? My mum and every worker on earth think so, I’m sure you do too. But I surge forward to the day where shouts of “Thank God its Monday” would echo on the streets of cities all around the world.
Oya, enough with the sarcasm; Monday would probably never be happy except you’re a Writer, Pastor or the son of a billionaire whose only job is to spend. Guess I’m one of the lucky few, so TGIM!!! :d

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Strike Stricken | Damstylee_Original picture sourced from Google

Strike Stricken | Damstylee_Original picture sourced from Google

The average Nigerian public university student spends far more than the stipulated 4-5 years attaining his/her degree.

Strike, strike, strike!
Strikes are a fixture Nigeria has come to freely associate with attaining a university degree alongside books and bribes. As a matter of fact, it is very doubtful that there is a single person alive that has attained a degree in a Nigerian public university without experiencing strikes. Saying a Nigerian school is on strike is almost as commonplace as saying “NEPA don carry light.”

The current strike, organised by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and scheduled to run for 90 days, began on the 1st of July this year and is still ongoing. So far, the strike has spanned approximately two months; that is two months of missed lectures, tests, research and many other academic pursuits for our students. This waste of time and resources is by no means harmless, it cannot just be made up and/or forgotten about.

Now the ASUU is on strike because it and the federal government are at loggerheads over some of the same issues that keep cropping up year after year. The ASUU’s justification for this year’s strike is the federal government’s failure to adhere to the terms of an agreement reached between them in 2009. Despite pleas and demands from various government officials that lecturers should return to their classrooms, the ASUU pledges not to budge until its requirements are met. In 2011 the ASUU called a total and indefinite strike over the exact same issue currently in debate. Strike actions in 2009 led to the negotiations that brought about the agreement in the first place.

I venture no opinion on whether or not the ASUU is within their right to keep striking or whether or not the federal government is indeed breaching their agreement. What I am saying is that over six months worth of academic progress has been lost since 2009 over the same, seemingly unresolvable problem. Will it ever end?

Who suffers the consequences of this lost time?

The answer to that question is, of course, The Students. The repercussions of a strike to the average ASUU member is a few weeks break from work and, worst case scenario, some lost wages. To any member of the federal government, the repercussions of a strike go no further than slight public embarrassment at their failure to provide necessary educational infrastructure. Our government officials are pretty thick-skinned, most even accustomed to embarrassment and reproach. Unfortunately, however, the repercussions of each strike to the average Nigerian student are more severe than perhaps the ASUU or the federal government would like us to believe. A student who gains admission to a public university at age 20 will spend about 4 years attaining his/her diploma, 2 extra waiting on the conclusion of various strikes and 1 year serving with the NYSC. At 27, he/she will enter the work force only to be told that the maximum age for graduating applicants at most prestigious places of employment is 25. What a joke, right?

The average student tends to have a very active mind that requires constant occupation and the idleness of sitting at home during a strike can be very damaging. No poles have been conducted, no official records taken but I think it is safe to assume that rates of petty crime, drug abuse and even unplanned pregnancy rise during every prolonged strike. It is as simple as the youths have nothing better to do.

It is as though Nigeria systematically encourages it’s bright young minds to go and seek education elsewhere. Different countries around the world; from Turkey to China to Canada and even as close to home as Ghana, now offer educational packages that are more enticing that Nigerian public universities. It should technically be cheaper and more convenient to attend school in your own country but when one factors in the risk of strikes and the necessity for bribes in Nigerian public schools, the logical options are the more expensive private schools or schools abroad.

My younger brother graduated secondary school this year and applied for admission at the esteemed Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. His O’ Levels and JAMB result are above average and by all means he should now be facing the trials of course registration in a university. Instead, he sits idly at home for weeks because ABU’s entrance exams having been postponed. He awaits the conclusion of one indefinite strike that will probably only give rise to another indefinite strike. On the recommendation of friends, I decided to explore other options and happened upon a pleasant little university in North Cyprus offering half scholarships and various other incentives to emigrating Nigerians. In less than a week my brother’s acceptance letter had arrived in my mail and I was being encouraged to begin school fees payment and registration. Needless to say, my brother is not attending Ahmadu Bello University anymore.

Many foreign countries have come to recognise the weaknesses in the Nigerian educational system and endeavour to draw out our youths with various enticing offers. When presented with the prospect of an unnecessarily elongated degree hunt in Nigeria due to unpredictable strike patterns, many of our students would choose and do choose to go abroad. We flee our nation to lend our intellect and resourcefulness to another man’s land. A Nigerian student studies abroad and earns his/her degree in 4 years flat while another struggles in Nigeria faced with strike after strike. I suppose I cannot speak for anyone else but, given the options, I know what I would do.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to witness some well organised affirmative action from our students to counter the ASUU’s never ending urge to strike? Youth is a powerful force that is constantly undermined in Nigeria because of our deference to the elderly. Imagine a mass gathering of all currently grounded students in poignant protest against the strike; bank activity brought to a halt, communications companies silenced, even federal and state roads brought to a stand still.

The resulting chaos would be glorious and would surely force some sort of a resolution between the federal government and the ASUU. The youths must have a say in this matter, after all they are the ones most affected by it. A lack of action only shows that we have come to accept this way of life, resigned ourselves to a black fate.

To say “only God can help us” is nothing but foolishness.

Michael Sontee
Ff @Stuck_InNaija on twitter

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Diary of a CU Student 2

TGIF!

So we attended a public lecture today/yesterday and in the heat of the boredom, some folks including Dammy, Jesse and co devised some sort of riddles game. One however caught my fancy. Chill jor, I’ll tell you now;

 

A farewell greeting I am,

Yet, a school’s title I remain.

Texters love me,

Teenagers adore me,

But still their English teachers loathe me.

I am not oblivious of their hatred however,

But my ambition to be one in ten of ten drives me on.

What am I?

Well, that’s the riddle. It took some folks ages to solve it. Can’t blame them, yours truly came up with it: D. this didn’t make the lecture less boring though, it just kept us awake. So whatever. If you think you know the answer though, say so in the comment box. Who knows, I might just owe you a Bashan meal. However, Moji, Biola, Ugochi, Titi, Dammy and Jesse, if you guys dare answer it, you’re in deep shit.

Moving on….. Yesterday was kola’s birthday. Yea, the buff bully I have as a roommate. Nigga did not even get something for his roommates. That Kaduna he’s staying has influenced him wrongly. Even after four years in Cu, nigga still hasn’t learnt that you buy a cake for your birthday and share it amongst your course mates. Ordinary CU manners he hasnt learnt.. smh

As to why I didn’t post for a while, the school’s network wasn’t encouraging one bit. To be truthful, it wasn’t existent. From Daniel hall to Dorcas hall, CST, CDS, Chapel, LT, ALDC, Postgraduate quarters sef, where didn’t I try to browse? No offence to engineering students for not mentioning your buildings though. I actually didnt try going there. But sincerely, asides Mackson Okotie, do you guys browse? I added “no offence” o, so please don’t be offended.

Well Diary, what other gist is there? Trade fair held this week. It was boring so I wouldn’t bother talking about it. Imagine a Trade fair in CU without punch, Yuck right?! That’s exactly what I thought.  Other news, Papa made a grand entrance during Tuesday’s chapel service. Some students including Dammy went to the island to represent school in one event like this. The dude was proud about it but still came back home with a maggi bag. Makes me wonder if they truly went for a program or a eating fair…

With this, I guess am done for the day, need to go sign Roll call asap. Heard they now pack people for missing two days consecutively. I’ll not like to joke with my destiny. 71 days left. Na small remain. Just small, I can see the finish line sef. Shout out to the folks in lower levels though, more grease to your elbow. I hope TTG starts in your 300 level. It’s a hope anywasy, you don’t have to take it P.

Night Diary…. Am out!

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Diary of a CU student 1

Do I have to explain what this is about.
I can tell you it’s new and it’s about life in CU.. Covenant University… That’s all I can say. You find out the rest yourself!

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Sup diary!
So, I saw her today, oh I didn’t.
Saw her yesterday though and she looked as beautiful as ever. even under the fluorescent light in chapel. We chatted, she gave me an eye patch and now am down with shock. There was an highlight yesterday though; I finally met Kehinde and she looked stunning as ever. Not that I’ve ever seen her but she does look better than her pictures. And my friend told me she gotten more endowed… ooohh…
Sorry for not introducing myself, my name is Tomiwa Gabriel and I’m a CU student. Don’t believe me? Chill…
I am a 400 level Archi student. yeah, am in the so called proud Archi family. Still don’t believe me? well, I am in Daniel hall, D210. I have two roommates, Kola and Dammy; they don’t know am mentioning them so you better don’t tell them.
Moving on; why you’re reading my diary, I really don’t know but am pretty sure one of my roommates is leaking this. Probably gonna be Dami.. He’s really dedicated with that his blog but who cares???!!! I’m more into dancing and fashion. Come to think of it, Redef is gonna be in a few days. REDEF!!! Truthfully Diary, I should be one of the models but one of my course mates participating refused to let me…
Are you gonna wear a skirt?! was what she asked me. How was I supposed to know she was into female wears alone. I know guys have told me I have hips but that’s not enough to enter as a female model, or is it?
Sha sha… am going for Redef. Its holding in Cafe 1; I would have preferred Chapel but Pastor Victor said Chapel is for God only and I totally agree with him. Or how do you expect to feel when some girls are cat walking and guys are drooling in his house?! If I were God, I’ll slap nonsense out of them!
Ehn Ehn… did you hear we are paying for Redef??!! I almost forgot. I even planned am not going again. Do you know how much 500 naira is?! At least I’ll buy 250 naira food and buy five alive. Abi don’t you see sense in what am saying? and VIP is now 1000 naira! VVIP is now 3000 naira!!!
3000 naira!!!!
That’s someone’s monthly allowance1… Maybe not tho… no, it is jor. I won’t tell you names but am sure I know people getting 3000 a month. They just won’t tell you. Is it not CU students? from TM lawal to Guchi Amerni and Addidos, they’ve rocked them die!! You’ll see them everywhere but you’ll not know. They sharply cut the tag off when they buy it and come and tell you they bought it in ICM and TM store. TM store kor… Marina ni…
Got to go now… was gonna gist you about today’s TMCs class. we talked about marriage.. eww right? It was interesting sha… Let me run before Dammy comes and catches me with his laptop. He’ll not let someone hear word… mscheww… I still prefer Kola to him but that one’s muscles too are frightening… Anyhow sha…. See you tomorrow!
Tomiwa

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June 28 is a Reality!

This is one of those posts I don’t edit… Not if I can help it sef, the Chief Editor; Kola is sleeping beside me.. yea yea, he’s my roommate… Moving on….
I woke up this morning, checked my mail and saw Kemi’s post on finally becoming a doctor, you can read it here —->>>> http://kemmiiii.com/2013/04/12/med-diary-23-alhamdulilah/
I couldn’t help but smile when she described her elation at being a graduate, hence being a doctor, but one more important thing, it dawned on me that I would soon be in her shoes, God willing.
76 more days and I’ll be four years closer to being an Architect,(4 years shey… *clears sweat on forehead*… not that I want to be one but its creates a tingling that keeps me going and keeps the fuel burning. It’ll be a tragedy if I mess up now and end up postponing that date but thank God, the word tragedy aint present in my God’s diary.
So, on a broader picture, millions of people would be graduating in the coming weeks; the four, five, six or whatever number of years spent in school are finally coming to an end. There’s the possibility of getting complacent but I pray we don’t because if anything is to come by the joy Kemi felt feels, I can’t let anything be in my way of experiencing that too.
So folks graduating soon, especially my colleagues in CU graduating on JUNE 28… Don’t get complacent, round up that project, put a little more effort in your studies, greet your supervisors and HOD heartily, and reduce the time for Fifa and make up drastically, don’t worry, you can paint your face all you want on your graduation day. Just so you know, Guys now look for graduates to marry, #JustSaying… What am just saying is that in anything you do, keep your eyes set on the goal and you’ll achieve it by God’s grace.
To all my Archi peeps, studio or project, not even structures or components can stop us. That group celebration we’re planning, we would accomplish it.
To all CU 400 and 500 level students, we have a little more than 2 months left, all of us would wear that green gown on that day in Jesus name.
To other students from other universities all over the world graduating this year, I don’t know the colors of your gown, be it blue, yellow, red, black, grey, indigo, white, anything.. but by God’s grace you’ll be wearing them come that day of your graduation.
To other students, wait for your time… 😛
Like I said, if you found any typo or Gbagaun, thumbs up… and apply for the role of Co-Editor.. 😀

Mike Dammy