The University of Ibadan reopens on Monday (today) after six months of academic inactivity occasioned by the recently suspended Academic Staff Union of Universities strike.
However, the ASUU chapter at the University of Jos, Plateau State, has vowed to continue the strike because of some unresolved domestic issues.
UI authorities had in December 2013 fixed resumption of academic activities for January 6, 2014.
On Sunday, students of the university were seen returning to the campus as they prepared to resume classes on Monday (today). Some of them who spoke to our correspondent said they were happy to return to school. They prayed for a smooth academic calendar devoid of strike.
Seye Adeogun of the Faculty of Education said it would be difficult to regain the time lost but expressed optimism that Nigeria university system would see better days after the agreement between ASUU and the Federal Government.
He said, “We are happy that the two parties are able to resolve their differences all in the name of better education for Nigerian students. We have lost a great deal of time. I should be in my final year now but I take solace in the fact that ASUU fought the fight for our future. We hope this will be the end of obstruction of academic calendar in Nigeria.”
ASUU chairman in the university, Dr. Olusegun Ajiboye, said lectures would commence on Monday and that the school authority had devised a way to regain some of the lost academic time.
But UNIJOS ASUU, in a statement signed by chairman, Dr. David Jangkam and Secretary, Prof. Noel Wannang, said it members would not participate in any academic activity until all its members who were entitled to it were paid their earned allowances out of what had so far been sent to the institution by the Federal Government.