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FG Directs VCs To Reopen Universities

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The Federal Government on Monday ordered the vice-chancellors of universities to re-open schools and allow students resume lectures, immediately.

Recall that Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on strike for about seven months now as the union is demanding from FG the funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.

Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

However, with the deadlock in negotiation between the FG and ASUU team,  the federal government went to court to challenge the action of the association.

Last week the national industrial court through Polycarp Hamman, the judge in the NIC, granted the federal government’s application for an interlocutory injunction to restrain ASUU from continuing with the strike.

ASUU had since filed 14 grounds of appeal to challenge the order.

However, tired of the lingering strike the Federal Government through the National Universities Commission ordered vice-chancellors to re-open schools and allow students resume lectures.

The federal government in a letter disclosed to journalists on Monday, signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts of the NUC, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, instructed all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities to re-open schools.

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

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