Ebonyi varsity orders lecturers, students back to school

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The management of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, on Monday, ordered all the lecturers and students to return to classes immediately.

In a statement issued in Abakaliki, the Registrar, Sam Egwu, said academic activities would resume on all the campuses of the university on Tuesday Nov.26.

The statement said: “we have waited patiently for the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve the impasse (strike) to no avail.

“The management of Ebonyi State University has, therefore, resolved to commence academic activities on Tuesday. We, therefore, use this medium to inform all concerned that teaching and learning will begin fully on Tuesday, to enable us to cover what we have lost to the strike” , the statement said.

Our correspondent gathered that this was part of decisions reached at a management meeting held on Nov. 20.

It said “80 per cent of the lecturers in attendance agreed that they should ignore ASUU’s nationwide strike and return to class.

“The lecturers are not happy that the strike is lingering and therefore gave their full support for the resumption of school on Tuesday”, the source said.

The source, however, said that Chairman of ASUU in the university did not attend the meeting.

However, the chairman, Prof. Ndubuisi Idenyi, dissociated the branch of ASUU from the decision to resume studies, stressing that “The strike is still in progress until we get directives from our national leadership.”

Idenyi said the leadership of ASUU in the university was ready for a showdown with the school’s management if it decided to punish lecturers who defied the return-to-duty order.

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