Despite the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ASUU stance on going on with its strike, some universities have ordered their lecturers and students to resume academic activities.
According to report, the authorities of the University of Jos have directed lecturers to resume work immediately. The university’s registrar, Jilli Dandam, issued a
statement, which reads in part: “The Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council on behalf of the Governing Council has directed that all academic staff of the University of Jos should return to their various departments, units and commence work immediately. Every head of department should publish lecture time-table for all academic programmes immediately.”
Similarly, the authorities of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State, had issued a directive for lecturers and students to return to classes.
The directive was contained in a press statement issued to journalists yesterday and signed by the registrar and secretary to the council of the school, Orje Ishghnor. According to the statement, the school had called off the strike based on the directive of the federal government.
However, the FUTO chapter of ASUU told the students to disregard the resumption notice by the school management, stating that its members would not go back to the class until their agreement between the federal government is met. This was contained in a communiqué issued to journalists and signed by the state chairman, Dr Ikenna Nwachukwu, and secretary, Dr F.M. Dike, yesterday in Owerri.
Also, lecturers of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and Osun State University have refused to report at their duty posts despite the FG’s directive that they should go back to work.
The chairman of the OAU chapter of ASUU, Professor Akinola Adegbola, told journalist at Ile-Ife that the threat by the federal government to sack lecturers who refused to resume for work was not new.
According to him, such threat was experienced during the regime of the late General Sani Abacha and the resultant effect is still fresh in the mind of Nigerians.