IN CELEBRATION of this year’s International Students Day on Thursday, some students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, have drawn the attention of the federal government to their needs.
Speaking to our reporter, Oluebube, a student from the Department of Fine and Applied Arts said that the federal government should do well to provide essential equipments which they need for their course of study. He stated that students use their own money to buy some essential tools which is pertinent to the courses they study at a very high price too.
He also said that the school hostel is jam-packed as they stay four people in a room, adding that government should also do well in providing a better future for the students as it has become normal for a student to graduate and face life’s struggles over again which has made many lose focus as regards education.
Sydney, from the Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry noted that the non-teaching staff are no longer seen which has made the school hostel dirty and a bad sight to behold. He said the government should do well to settle the staff as it is not good for a student to do the work which he has already paid for by himself. He also pointed out that they lack most chemicals needed for their practical, adding that government should provide the needed tools in order to enable them to compete with others across the world.
He also stated that the digital library should also be equipped with digital gadgets like laptops and computers.
According to him, workshops should be built for the Engineering students to ensure adequate practical in order to see to it that they compete with their counterparts out there. There is also need for a pumping machine in the school hostel in order to make life comfortable for the students. It is a challenge for students to be carrying gallons of water almost on daily basis from downstairs where the tank is , to his room. He added that the water has to be connected to their rooms in order to make life a little bit easier for them.
Another student who pleaded anonymity emphasised the need for the government to partner with the school management to ensure the institution provides graduates who are well made .
He believes that this can be achieved by providing adequate technology in the educational sector and also provide a competitive environment for the students like rewarding students who do well in some courses and those who have good behaviour. According to him, this would be a motivation for those who are already in the school system and would bring to an end the saying that ‘school is a scam’.
He also said there should be increase in scholarship programmes both in the country and outside the country, adding that his departments do not have essential facilities like departmental bus, adding that
government should ensure that students enjoy the needed facilities which they are meant to enjoy.
On the Issue of Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) and the government, he pleaded that the government should listen and settle the union so as to ensure the academic process and calendar move on smoothly without incessant strikes.