FG Directs Vice Chancellors To Reopen Varsities

The Federal Government has directed Vice Chancellors to immediately re-open all public Universities and allow students to go back to classes.

Omadaily reports that the National Universities Commission (NUC) gave the order in a letter approved by the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

In the letter signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts of the NUC, Sam Onazi, the Commission directed the Vice Chancellors to ensure that the striking lecturers immediately resume lectures.

According to the Punch, the letter was addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities.

“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses,” the letter partly reads.

ThIs development followed the ruling given by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria that the seven-month strike embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) be called off.

ASUU had been on strike since February 14 to press home the demand for improved funding for universities, and a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.

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