The Federal Government has asked Vice-Chancellors of Federal Universities to reopen and restart classes through the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The letter, issued to all vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors, and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities, was signed on behalf of the commission’s Executive Secretary, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, by the NUC’s Director, Finance and Accounts, Sam Onazi.
“Ensure that ASUU members resume/commence lectures as soon as possible; Restore the everyday activities and routines of the various University campuses,” the letter states.
Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, intimated last week that the government may direct the reopening of federal universities in light of the National Industrial Court verdict.
In accordance with Section 17 of the Trade Disputes Act 2004, the court ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities to return to work.
However, ASUU, through its attorneys, filed an appeal and stay of implementation of the NIC order on Friday.