The Consequence Of Asuu Strike

How ASUU strike affects students' age and what does it take from students...

Why Age Limit Should Be Removed, virtually everything in Nigeria has a stipulated age limit in which the citizens that exceed that age will not be considered. It has been happening right from time immemorial. It works against the populace and in favor of the elites. Most people at the top ladder of society finish secondary and tertiary education at an early age. This discrimination should be removed so that everybody will have an opportunity to vie for a position without fear or favor.

The reason for this piece is solely behind the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and how it has affected most of the students at public universities. This strike in itself should make the government remove the age limit or be extended it, as most of the students in the tertiary institutions will lose the opportunity of going to NYSC. The time the students waste at home cannot be made up. The age limit for a person to be qualified for the NYSC is slated at 30. Most of the public tertiary institutions students are close to this 30 years of age.

For instance, an individual that gains admission at the age of 23, if the individual is studying a four years course, he is supposed to graduate at the age of 27 and finishes his NYSC at the age of 28. It would have taken 2-3 years of the individual, which, if added to the expected graduation age, may render the individual to lose the opportunity of going to the NYSC. The incessant strike cannot allow this to happen.

Most of the parastatals under the government fix the age limit for a job at 25 years of age. Consider some that gained admission at the age of 20. Studying a five years course at the public tertiary institution. By the time this person graduates, it will be the exact year slated as the age limit. This person cannot be recruited without the NYSC certificate; that alone has made the person lose the opportunity to be qualified. Not to talk of the years in which the incessant strike has added to the person’s age.

I would not have been using these ages as examples if everything in this country were the way they are supposed to be. If everyone, both the poor and the rich, finished secondary school at 15 years of age, there would not have been a need for the extension of the age limit for NYSC. But the reverse is the case. The majority of the children of the poor masses finish their secondary school education late, coupled with years of waiting at home to gain admission.

This current industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities has taken a toll on the students. The only way the government can make it up to the students that are wasting their time at home due to the strike is to extend the age limit for the NYSC and that of the civil service if at all it can not be removed. Students are the ones at the receiving ends. The fact that lecturers are not paid their salary at present also puts them, lecturers, at a disadvantage. But they will eventually be paid their withheld salary once the school reopened. How will the students not lose out completely in this fight between the two elephants? As their wasted months or rather year at home can not be made up. The only way to compensate the students is in that by extending the age limit for both the NYSC and that qualifying for civil service.

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