Imo varsity pulls out of ASUU strike, asks students, lecturers to resume September 20

Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri, has pulled out of the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The university asked its students and staff members to resume school on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

The Public Relations Officer of the varsity, Ralph Njoku, told our correspondent that the university decided to pull out of the lingering strike in the interest of the students and staff of the institution.

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He said that a statement announcing the development had been sent to radio houses and would be aired repeatedly from Monday afternoon.

The varsity spokesperson added, “Yes. It is true. We have asked students to resume immediately. Lectures start on Tuesday. We are doing this in the best interest of our students and staff. We are not only pulling out of the ASUU strike but also asking everyone to return to school.”

ASUU has been in a tussle with the federal government since February 14, 2022, bringing educational activities in many government-owned tertiary institutions to a standstill over unmet demands.

Several meetings between the union and the federal government have ended in deadlock.

Meanwhile, Nigerian students under the auspices of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Monday, September 19, 2022, blocked a section of the access road to the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos to protest the ongoing seven-month industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

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The situation caused gridlock along the axis as the vehicular movement in and out of the airport was stalled.

In now-viral videos, the protesters are seen calling on the federal government to meet the demands of ASUU to enable them to return to school.

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