The management of Sule Lamido University in Jigawa state has ordered its lecturers who joined the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Univeristies (ASUU) strike to resume immediately.
This follows the report on Monday, August 29, 2022, that the striking union has extended its six-month-old strike indefinitely.
Recall that the ongoing ASUU strike started on February 14 and was extended for another four weeks that terminated today.
Last week, the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu said the Federal Government had addressed most of the union’s demands including the release of N50b for the payment of earned allowances for academic and non-academic and non-academic staff of universities but said the that the union will not be paid the arrears of the strike period.
The union has also insisted on not calling off the lingering strike until the arrears are settled.
The management of Sule Lamido University in a circular released today by the school’s Registrar and Secretary to the Council, Adamu Muhammad directed all lecturers on strike to resume immediately.
The statement reads; “Sequel to the 30th Emergency Meeting of Council held today Monday 29th August, 2002. I am directed to request all those on strike to suspend the ongoing strike and return to work immediately.
“All heads of Department are, by this notice, directed to take register of staff who return to work today Monday, 29th August, to 5 September, 2022.” it said.
Earlier, the Ekiti State University (EKSU) has ordered old and fresh students to resume learning today.
The Registrar of the University, Mr. Ife Oluwole, in a statement said stakeholders in the university, met to review the situation.
He said they noted the socio-economic effects of the current strike embarked upon by the staff unions in the university on other stakeholders (parents, students, alumni, and staff).
The registrar noted that participants at the meeting deliberated extensively on the matter and resolved that in the interest of the teeming population of students, their parents, and the survival of the university, it has become imperative for all members of staff currently on strike at the university to resume normal activities today.
As ASUU strike continues, it remained the only university-based union still on strike.
Others, namely the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Allied Institutions, NASU, and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, have suspended their actions for a few months to allow the Federal Government look into their demands.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has begged ASUU to consider whatever offers government presents in the interest of students.
NANs National President, Sunday Asefon, said it would not support the union if it continues the industrial action. “Let them have pity on students that have been at home for months. If the strike is not called off, we won’t support the union in this fight again. Let them make concessions and live to fight another day,” he said.