It has been more than 4 months since the ASUU strike commenced in the country. News as of the 4th of July is that the meetings with the federal government yielded no positive outcome. The Academic Staff Union of Universities are on strike because the federal government is not meeting their demands and keeping to its end of the bargain and the question that may arise in the different heart is: what next? This prolonged ASUU strike is causing untold suffering to youths, parents, and the nation as a whole. Crimes are on the rise and the EFCC operatives keep rounding up young boys for internet fraud.
An idle man is the devil’s workshop. A lot of students that are affected by the strike resorted to criminal activities including drug peddling, Yahoo-Yahoo, prostitution, drug addiction, kidnapping, and ritual killing, among others. The problem is not only Internet fraud. Many of the youths are deep in drug peddling. Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency reportedly arrested some youths for organizing a cannabis party in the Asokoro area of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja. This is just the tip of the iceberg compared to what is going on in other parts of the country.
Detention centers are filled with youth arrests what is next is that something needs to be done about the ASUU strike. The president can use his executive power as commander in chief to end the ASUU strike. the statistic shows that undergraduates in universities across the country have lost at least 13 months from their educational calendar, owing to the recurring strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Maybe the way out is to have a law that prevents universities from being shut down no matter what. Due process should be followed whenever a misunderstanding arises between ASUU and the federal government but strikes should be ruled out.