ASUU Strike: A Big Blessing In Disguise


 ASUU Strike Is Boosting Our Academic Enrolment – Northern private Universities

ASUU Strike: A Big Blessing In Disguise

 Private universities in the North-West has said that the incessantly prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities has caused gains and turn-outs in student's academic enrollment, knowledge Trend reports.

The institutions, based in Kano, Kaduna and Katsina states, said although the ASUU strike was not something to celebrate because of its negative impact on the education sector, there are still some roses in its thorns.

In Kano, sources from five private universities who spoke to journalists said the over six-month-old strike had resulted in a boost in their enrollment figure.

Kano state has about five private universities, namely Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria, Skyline University, Kano, Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Capital City and Baba Ahmed University.

The MAAUN’s Head of Corporate Communications Unit, Alhaji Tukur Masanaw, said the institution commenced academic session in 2021/2022.

He said that about 1,000 students were matriculated, which was the university with the highest number of students in the country.

“Out of the 111 private varsities in Nigeria, it is the only varsity that started with the highest enrollment in the country,” he said.

On his part, the Proprietor of Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila, Alhaji Abdurrahman Sumaila, said the ASUU strike had boosted their enrollment figure.

“Al-Istiqama University is witnessing increase in its enrollment this time around, courtesy of the ongoing nationwide strike by ASUU.

“Though that could not be the only factor that led to the recent development, however, it has contributed immensely.

“As I am speaking to you, we have between 400-500 applicants for various courses on our website waiting for approval, and this is prior to the commencement of admission for the next academic year.

“This is to tell you that when the admission starts, the figures will surely increase,” he said

Kawu-Sumaila added that dozens of students from various public universities were also joining Al-Istiqama University on transfer since the commencement of the ASUU strike.

Also, the Registrar, Skyline University, Kano, Mr Haruna Aliyu, said that the institution admitted 170 students into level one in August, 2022.

He said that admission was still ongoing, adding that the school received more students this year, compared to 2021.

“In 2021, 162 students were enrolled into the Skyline University, but this year, we were able to register 170 students.

“Most of the students were transferred to Kano Campus from outside the country because they could not continue to school abroad due to increase in the dollar exchange rate.

“Students on transfer must study in Skyline for two good years before they graduate.

“This year, we also received about 36 transfer from neighbouring university which include Bayero University, Kano and Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, among others,” he said

According to him, the school offers 18 courses in three faculties namely, the School of Science and Information Technology, School of Arts and Management Studies and Medical Sciences.

Aliyu further explained that during the 2022 Joint Admission and Matriculations Board examination, 257 students chose Skyline as their first choice while 165 chose the institution as second choice.

On her part, the Public Relations Officer, Capital City University, Mrs Walida Bello, said that due to ASUU strike, parents had been coming to make enquiries to enroll their children in the university.

“So far, 22 people came and collected admission forms, out of which eight had filled and returned the forms.

Also, the Dean, Student Affairs/Admission Officer of Baba Ahmed University, Kano, Dr Suleiman Kofar-Naisa, said registration of students was ongoing in the school.

“Some have brought their credentials for screening to check if they are qualified for admission, while others who choose Baba Ahmed as second choice are asked to buy green card and make the school as their first choice to enable them gain admission”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Greenfield University, the first private university in Kaduna State, said but for the security challenges, the institution too would have recorded a boost in enrollment, courtesy of ASUU strike.

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