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ASUU Strike: I Now Promote Potatoes – UniUyo Lecturer Reveals

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ASUU Strike: I Now Promote Potatoes – UniUyo Lecturer Reveals

A lecturer on the College of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Christiana Pam, has revealed she now sells potatoes.

She says to outlive the continued strike of the Educational Workers Union of Universities (ASUU), she is now into the petty commerce of promoting potatoes.

On February 14, ASUU launched into a four-week warning strike. The union prolonged the economic motion by one other two months on March 14, to permit the federal government to satisfy all of its calls for. A 12-week extension was introduced on Might 9.

Final week, ASUU prolonged the strike by a month, vowing to persist till its calls for are met.

The strike, based on the union, was on account of the failure of the federal government to satisfy some calls for resembling the discharge of the revitalisation funds for universities, launch of earned allowances for college lecturers, deployment of the College Transparency Accountability System for the fee of salaries and allowances of college lecturers, renegotiation

In an interview with PUNCH, Pam, whose image went viral on social media over her commerce, stated she obtained drained financially within the early days of the strike.

She stated a few of her colleagues had been envious as they’d nothing to fall again on for survival in the course of the strike.

“When the primary strike was declared, I had the belief that inside 4 weeks, it might be referred to as off and we might resume. I used to be very hopeful and relaxed, ready for it to be referred to as off however after ASUU’s negotiations with the Federal Authorities, which didn’t finish effectively because the calls for of ASUU had been clearly not met, the strike was prolonged. That was when it dawned on me that I wanted to take a step as a result of, inside the first section of the strike, I used to be already drained financially as I’m new to the system and had but to have the chance to avoid wasting more cash earlier than the strike. So I considered going residence to Plateau State. I used to be so financially down that I needed to borrow some cash to take myself to my dad and mom.”

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“My dad and mom had all the time been farmers even earlier than their retirement, so after their retirement, they continued farming. Once I obtained again residence, I joined them on the farm with the hope that after two weeks, the strike could be referred to as off and I’d be again to work however in what regarded like a joke, I began with them by clearing the farm, planting and it obtained to harvesting time and I used to be nonetheless at residence. So, I started to surprise what I might do to earn an earnings as I couldn’t ask my retired dad and mom for cash as a result of they need to be those trying as much as me. So, I made a decision to promote a few of the potatoes we harvested from our farm and they’d be appreciated in Akwa Ibom.

“I needed to promote a few of them in Jos to lift cash to maneuver the remaining ones to Akwa Ibom State and simply strive my fingers and see how it might go. That was the place I used to be noticed. I imagine that you just begin with what you will have. It’s what you will have that you should use to your benefit. I regarded round and I requested myself what I had that I might use to maintain myself at this vital time and I found that what I had had been potatoes.

Reacting to the general public notion over the transfer, Pam stated it was on account of the situation she discovered herself.

“I stored telling them shamelessly that I used to be on a farm with my dad and mom, so once I began promoting potatoes as a lecturer, I didn’t actually really feel something. I simply felt it was a situation I had discovered myself in. My colleagues stated they envied me as a result of I had one thing to promote when they didn’t. So, for me, I’m okay with having one thing to do. My college students even patronise me. They felt inspired that I stooped to such a stage as a lecturer when a few of them had been busy feeling pompous at residence.”

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When requested how profitable the enterprise is, Christiana stated she acquire about N3,00 from every bag of potatoes she bought.

Whereas hoping that the continued strike yield a constructive consequence, she additionally name on her fellow colleagues to be inventive and discover various means to outlive.


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