Following the immediate re-opening of all federal universities ordered by the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities on Tuesday, the Federal Government has directed vice-chancellors of all Federal universities currently on strike to immediately re-open for academic and allied activities as directed by the pro-chancellors.
The latest directive was given by the Minister of State for Education, Mr Nyesom Wike who also directed that each vice-chancellor should ensure that staff who resume for work are provided with the enabling environment to carry out academic activities.
Wike made it known that any staff who fails to resume duties on or before December 4, 2013 will automatically cease to be a staff of the institution. The Minister also stated that vice-chancellors are allowed to advertise vacancies for the positions of such lecturers in their institution.
According to the Minister of State for Education, the Federal Government has come to the conclusion that the continued industrial action is an attempt by the Academic Staff Union of Universities to sabotage all efforts to address the issues, despite the commitment of government. As a responsible government it cannot allow the continuous closure of public institutions as this poses danger to the education system and the future of Nigerian youths.
He therefore directed the National Universities Commission (NUC) to ensure compliance of the directives by the various institutions.