Some students in Tertiary Institutions in Calabar have pleaded with the Federal Government of Nigeria to treat the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, as urgent, in order to avert an impending industrial action.

Students of the University of Calabar, UNICAL and the University of Cross River, UNICROSS, made the plea in separate interviews with our correspondents on Monday at the various institutions, following the declaration of Monday February 7th as a lecture free day by ASUU.

National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, had told journalists that the declaration was to sensitize its members, and also show the displeasure of the union with the way the government is handling its demands.

Some UNICROSS students, who said they did not see any need for the declaration of a lecture free day, however urged the government to address the union’s demands.

On their part, some UNICAL students who decried the idea of ASUU embarking on another strike, further highlighted that the lecture free day was adhered to by lecturers and students, to some extent.

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