University students have expressed their joy over the decision by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its five-weeks old strike. Some of the students told newsmen in Yenagoa on Tuesday that they were glad to hear that the union had called off the strike.
The national body called off the industrial action on Monday. A 300 level student of NDU, Paul Semion, described ASUU decision as a welcome development, saying students would now resume normal academic activities from Wednesday. He, however, called on the Federal Government to keep to the agreements reached between it and the lecturers so as not to disrupt academic activities in universities again. “The Federal Government should try as much as possible to keep to the promises reached to ensure uninterrupted academic activities in future,” he added. Francis Alazial, a final year student of Niger Delta University (NDU) Amasomma, said he was short of words to express his happiness over the call off. He said “I cannot express my joy since I heard the news that ASUU had called off the strike. “I am in my final year and about to finish my semester examination when lecturers commenced the strike.” Similarly, most of the parents who spoke to NAN on the issue expressed gratitude to ASUU and government for making it possible for academic activities to resume. They, however, advised lecturers to always go for dialogue in resolving dispute rather than resorting to strike.