The two public Universities in Akwa Ibom State are not in their happiest state, especially with the continuing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
It’s been over three months since the union embarked on a strike action, leaving students of public universities at home.
The University of Uyo community mourned a final year student on Sunday, identified as Comrade Awo Ogim. He lost his life in a fatal accident.
The final year student of the Faculty of Law was involved in a car crash in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, and was in a coma before he passed on. His demise left many of his colleagues in tears.
Some even attributed his death to the ongoing ASUU strike. They believed Awo would have been in school studying, averting the accident.
Awo was an activist in academic and non-academic activities; as far as it concerned students. The entire student body of the school mourned his demise.
On the other hand, in Akwa Ibom State University, Daniel Pius, a Computer Science student, broke his spinal cord and needs 5.8 million Naira for surgery.
A member of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Utibe Ekanem, met with the school management to solicit the institution’s support for their student.
Mr. Utibe Ekanem wrote on his official Facebook page the positive response gotten from the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Professor Eno Ibanga. He donated 500 thousand Naira to support the operation.
Students and friends have launched a campaign to help carry on the operation for the vibrant young man who has a lot to offer to his community, state, and the world at large.