BREAKING: Days after court ruling, Buhari’s government orders VCs to reopen varsities, commence lectures

The Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered vice-chancellors to re-open schools and allow students to resume lectures.

This was made known in a letter signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

The letter which was made available on Monday, September 26, 2022, was addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities.

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

This is coming days after the national industrial court of Nigeria has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its ongoing strike and resume academic activities.

The ongoing ASUU strike began on February 14, 2022, and grounded academic activities in public varsities for over seven months.

The union is demanding the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

The government had claimed to have 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.

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ASUU has also insisted on not calling off the lingering strike until the arrears are settled.

Following instance of ASUU not to resume, the federal government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige dragged the striking university lecturers before the National Industrial Court (NIC).

But delivering a ruling on the interlocutory injunction filed by the government, on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Justice Polycarp Hamman restrained ASUU from continuing with the industrial action pending the determination of the suit.

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