ASUU Finally Reacts to FG’s Directive to VCs, Says Universities Were Never Closed

ASUU Finally Reacts to FG’s Directive to VCs, Says Universities Were Never Closed

  • ASUU has dismissed the directive of the federal government asking vice-chancellors of universities to reopen the tertiary institutions across the country
  • The union president, Emmanuel Osodeke, said Nigerian universities have never been closed, only that its members have boycotted lecture theatres to press home their demands
  • Osodeke maintained that the lecturers are unbothered about that directives, and they will continue to pursue their demands until the federal government do the needful

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that its members across the country are still in industrial action despite a court order directing its members to resume classroom.

The union says the federal government’s directive to vice-chancellors to reopen the universities across the country, to the union, is meaningless, Nigerian Tribune reported.

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Emmanuel Osodeke, the president of ASUU, disclosed the union's position on Monday, September 26.

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Will ASUU obey court order?

Osodeke maintained that public universities across the country had never been closed down by anybody, adding that its members only stay away from the lecture theatres to ensure that their demands are being met.

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“So, we are not bothered about whether Federal Government directed VCs to reopen schools or not,” he said.
“So, we are still on strike and so we shall remain until the Federal Government do what is right and good for the public universities in the country,” Osodeke stressed.

River of tears as 21 professors, senior lecturers die over ASUU strike reported that 21 senior lecturers, including professors, have reportedly died at the federal university of Calabar in Cross River state.

The report added that the development is the same across universities across the country.

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Their deaths were due to the non-payment of their salaries by the government, as many of them do not have money to cater for different health challenges.

Court orders ASUU to end strike, gives strong reason

The striking universities' lecturers, ASUU, have been directed by the national industrial court to return to classrooms after seven months of lecture boycott.

The industrial court sitting in Abuja gave the verdict on Wednesday, September 21, noting that national interest is at stake.

Justice Polycarp Hamman invoked section 18 of the trade dispute act, which empowered the court to order an end to the strike when national interest is at stake.


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