There are other employees in the university system than academic staff, and since those employees are prepared to resume their jobs, the institutions shouldn’t stay closed any longer, according to sources in the Federal Ministry of Education.
Additionally, there are certain lecturers who are willing to labor as well; these folks shouldn’t be excluded. A group in Abuja recently told the press that they are not involved in the ASUU unrest. Additionally, their group is attempting to register.
The university atmosphere is not just for or about academic personnel, as seen by the end of the walkout by non-teaching staff. Why should those who are prepared to work be prevented from doing so? He queried.
This comes right before a meeting of the provosts and vice presidents of federal universities that is scheduled to take place at the National Universities Commission, NUC, Complex in Abuja on next Tuesday.
Malam Adamu Adamu, the minister of Education, will be the person they meet with.
The Deputy Executive Secretary, Administration, Chris Maiyaki, signed the letter extending an invitation to them with the designation NUC/ES/138/VOL. 64/125.
The invitation to a special interactive meeting with the Honourable Minister of Education contained in the letter, which was captioned “Industrial activities by university-based unions.”
As the vice chancellors, chairmen of councils, and provosts are well aware, university-based unions’ industrial action has resulted in the closure of the institutions since February 14, 2022. You are also aware that the non-teaching unions have postponed their industrial actions as of August 24, 2022, pending the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) final decision.
“It has become imperative that the Governing Councils and managements of the universities be briefed on the decisions and actions taken by the Federal Government so far, to allow for a well-coordinated review of the situation, including building consensus around subsequent actions,” the statement reads.
It was heard that the Government will order the reopening of the schools and permit employees who were ready to work to return to their duty positions at the meeting.
Recall that after convening a National Executive Council meeting in Abuja on Monday, ASUU insisted on carrying out its strike.
Under the leadership of Dr. Niyi Sunmonu, a group of lecturers affiliated with the Congress of University Academics, or CONUA, have disassociated themselves from the strike and declared their willingness to return to work.
This is happening at the same time as certain state university administrations are also making preparations to ensure the institutions’ reopening.
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