FG directs Vice-Chancellors to reopen varsities, resume lectures
The Federal Government has directed the vice-chancellors of universities to re-open schools and allow students to resume lectures.
The directive was disclosed in a letter signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on a seven-month strike since Monday, February 14.
The union is demanding the federal government of reneging on previous agreements on matters such as increased funding for universities and increasing lecturers’ salaries.
TheGuardian reports that the National Industrial Court (NIC), Abuja on Wednesday ordered the lecturers to call off their seven-month strike and return to the classrooms but Femi Falana, ASUU counsel has subsequently filed an appeal over the court ruling.
FG however on Monday has instructed all vice-chancellors; pro-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities to re-open schools.
“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses,” the letter partly reads.