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Students lose millions of naira in rent as the ASUU strike drags on for another three months

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“I am sad, dissatisfied, and concerned for my belongings in the hostel as a result of recent robbery assaults”

"I am sad, dissatisfied, and concerned for my belongings in the hostel as a result of recent robbery assaults

Students, particularly those who rented private hostels, select apartments, and self-contained lodging in major cities around the country, have lost millions of naira in housing rent as a result of ongoing strikes impacting Nigeria’s higher institutions.

Millions of naira in rent have gone into the wallets of private hostel investors in the last five years, as students have been compelled to abandon their rented flats owing to a lack of academic work at public institutions.

Suleiman Ebeiya, a 400-level student at the Federal University of Gusau in Zamfara’s Department of Mathematics, is one of the fatalities.

Suleiman said he has gone through this previously and is disappointed that he is going through it again.

“I am sad, dissatisfied, and concerned for my belongings in the hostel as a result of recent robbery assaults in which thieves have broken into hostels and looted the belongings of hostel tenants.”

On February 14, ASUU began a four-week warning strike. The strike was prolonged for another two months on March 14 to allow the government to accept all of the union’s requests, and it was extended for another three months in May.

Academics are demanding better working conditions, the revitalization of public universities, and academic autonomy, among other things.

The non-payment of university revitalisation monies, which total roughly N1.1 trillion, is a source of frustration for academics.

However, the Federal Government has stated that it does not have the funds to pay such a sum, blaming low oil prices under President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.

The Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) is another concern. The University Transparency and Accountability Solution, presented by academics, is an alternative payroll system (UTAS) which the federal government have rejected, saying that it fails integer test.

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