ASUU: FG orders vice-chancellors to reopen varsities

National Universities Commission NUC

The Federal Government has ordered vice-chancellors to re-open varsities and to allow students resume lectures.

Director of finance and accounts of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Sam Onazi, announced this on behalf of the executive secretary of the commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, in a statement on Monday.

The letter which was addressed to all vice-chancellors; pro-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities, called on them to re-open the universities.

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

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

Several meetings between ASUU and the Federal Government have ended in deadlock.

The Federal Government then went to court to find a solution. On September 21, the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja ordered ASUU to suspend its seven-month-old strike.

But the union has insisted it would not resume but would appeal the court’s ruling.