Businesses Suffer as ASUU Strike Cripples Economic Activities in FUT Minna – The Whistler Nigeria

Ongoing industrial action by the University Academic Staff Union is crippling on a small and medium scale
and companies that operate within the Federal University of Technology, Minna, THE WHISTLER reports.

The strike, which was recently extended for two months, is causing unfortunate economic hardship for entrepreneurs, some of whom have yet to recover from the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When THE WHISTLER visited the main campus of FUT Minna on Tuesday, it was observed that a large number of commercial premises that depend on the presence of students to thrive were closed and the few stores that were opened complained of low footfall while calling on the federal government to quickly resolve outstanding issues with ASUU.

Sam Ndubuisi, who operates an internet cafe outside the University’s main gate, lamented that the absence of students had a serious impact on his finances.

“This trade is what I use to feed my family, it is where I draw my daily bread, since the start of the strike I have been living from day to day. Now that they’ve added two more months, how do they expect us to survive? he asked.

A food vendor who did not wish to be named lamented the drastic drop in her sales, lamenting that some of the perishable food items she bought before the strike had already spoiled.

According to her, “the few students who remained after the initial announcement of the strike were forced to return home after it was extended”.

She urged the federal government to reach an agreement with ASUU so that academic activities and the resulting business boom can resume on campus.

For one barber, who identified himself simply as Mr. Ode, ASUU’s relentless strike actions are making conducting business around college campuses unreliable.

“Since they started the strike, business has been very bad and it will get worse with these two additional months. Even after two months, we’re not sure they’ll cancel, so it’s uncertain, we’re just living by God’s grace and hoping it ends soon,” he said.

Recall that the ASUU began a four-week warning strike on February 14 on issues relating to the renegotiation of the ASUU/FG 2009 agreement and the sustainability of university autonomy by deploying UTAS to replace the IPPIS salary payment “imposed” by the government Platform.

He extended the strike for another eight weeks after an emergency meeting on March 13 to give the government more time to meet all of his demands.

Emmanuel Osodeke, the union’s president, said the ASUU was disappointed that the government had not dealt with the issues at issue with the utmost urgency they deserved during the four-week period, as is expected of it. reasonable, responsive and well-intentioned administration.

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