FG directs VCs to reopen universities, commence academic activities

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The Federal Government has ordered Vice Chancellors to reopen universities across the country and commence academic activities.

This was contained in a letter signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts, National Universities Commission (NUC), which was addressed to VCs, Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities.

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

This comes after the National Industrial Court had ordered striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities *ASUU) to return to the classroom.

While dismissing objections ASUU raised through its lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, the court held that the strike was detrimental to public university students that cannot afford to attend private tertiary institutions.

“The balance of convenience tilts in favour of the applicant.

“I hold that this application is meritorious and this application is granted,” Justice Hamman ruled.

The court, thereafter, issued an order, restraining ASUU, “whether by themselves, members, agents, privies or howsoever called, from taking further steps and doing any act in continuance of the strike, pending the hearing and determination of the suit filed.”

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