Ajasin varsity pulls out of strike, recalls students

Semiu Salami
Semiu Salami
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba

The Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), in Ondo State has recalled its students after almost five months of strike.

The institution’s Registrar, Bamidele Olotu, directed the students to resume Monday, while lectures are expected to start December 2.

Though the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has not officially called off the strike, AAUA has joined two other state universities, Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT), Enugu, and the Ibrahim Badamosi University, Lapai, in Niger State to reopen their schools for academic activities.

The AAUA Vice-Chancellor, Prof Femi Mimiko, had tried to pull out of the strike in September but the local ASUU branch had resisted the move.

In a statement, Olotu said the students should continue their registration on the school portal immediately.

The AAUA Student Union President, Julius Adeniyi welcomed the development and assured his fellow students of a hitch-free semester.

He said, “We are dying and rusting at home; and I am backing my Vice Chancellor on the resumption date. We are coming in and nothing will happen.”

It is however not clear, if serious academic exercise would r4esume as the lecturers are insisting that they would not return to the class untill ASUU called off the strike.

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