The Oasis Reporters
September 19, 2017
Should a man decide to take a wife that graduated from Nigeria’s premier university at Ibadan, south west of the West African country in the near future , not only would he be taking an educated wife, the bride would come with the skills of a start – up entrepreneur.
Just in case there are no jobs.
She would create jobs and be an employer.
This has come courtesy of an unintended consequence of the 36 day strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU which has reportedly been called off as at the time of going to press this morning (September 19, 2017).
The Young Black Entrepreneurs’ business organization based in Ibadan quickly put up banners indicating the skills they can train students on for three weeks, at a modest sum of 3,500nr – 4,000nr (three thousand five hundred naira only) depending on the course, with an extended two week bonus.
The skills included Hair dressing, Weave-On, Catering, Web Design, Graphic Design, Cake Baking, Tailoring, Driving, Interior Decoration etc at the neighboring Emmanuel College, Ibadan where the secondary school students where on summer holidays.
The deluge of applicants was overwhelming with male students tending more to web designing, driving and other more masculine pursuits.
As they counted their gains, the Non Academic Staff Union, NASU threw it’s spanner into the works by commencing on their own Industrial Action. They promptly turned off water and electricity supply to the campus and chased female students out of Idia, Queens and Awolowo Halls.
Male students were difficult to force out. They resisted the NASU enforcers and stayed on in their Kuti, Mellamby, Zik, Tedder, Independence and Bello Halls.
University of Ibadan also has some private halls of residence with pricey tags for 200 – 300 level students, for the Institution compulsorily accommodates 100 and final year students. The rest have conditional residency, apart from Medical students and post graduate students.