Dean of Faculty Arts to Students: ASUU Strike is for Your Benefit'

Ajibola Mojeed

The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Professor Oyeshile said that the ongoing ASUU strike is majorly for the benefit of Nigerian students and not only for the lecturers.

The Dean said this at the First Day of Orientation Week organised by the Association of Faculty of Arts Students (AFAS) on Thursday, 10th March, 2022 at the Large Lecture Theatre LLT of the Faculty.

Prof. Oyeshile lamented on the current state of schools as against yesteryears when students came from foreign countries to study in Nigerian Universities.

"In the '90s, we did have many foreign students who travelled to study in our Universities. Look around, you won't see any of them. The reverse is now the case, Nigerian students are now travelling to study abroad. We need to stop this, " He said.

The Dean stressed further that a time would come when Nigeria students would not be able to study overseas because of wars in the world and discrimination against Nigerians.

" Due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, Nigerian students studying in Ukraine were evacuated and they were not even treated fairly. They were the last expatriates allowed to leave Ukraine due to discrimination against Nigerians. And, it has always been like this in other countries," he added.

"I remember when I went for a Research in Netherland in 2008 among other scholars from different countries. A colleague was scammed among us and people from the country said a Nigerian would be the fraudster. I wept that night that I could not sleep nor eat. When we make our Universities working, all these will cease to happen," he added.

Speaking also at the event was the former Sub-Dean of the Students, Barrister Dr. Oke who advised the students to make use of the strike periods to prepare for their academic courses and stay away from any act that could warrant them of rustication.

Also in attendance were the Special Adviser to the Oyo State Governor on Students' Affair, Honourable Victor Olojede, President of Motivation Hub Africa, and a host of others.

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