The federal government has revealed plans to order Vice Chancellors to re-open public universities in the wake of the court order mandating the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its strike action.
The plan was made known on Wednesday by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
The Court Order
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) on Wednesday, September 21, ruled that the ASUU strike be put on hold and all public universities be re-opened while the lecturers return to their duty posts after seven months of shutting down the learning institutions. Naija News reports that the NICN directive was coming following a petition before the court by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on behalf of the federal government. Recall that students of public universities across the country have been at home since February 14, 2022.
Public Universities To Be Re-opened
Ngige, speaking on Wednesday during a meeting in Abuja with members of the Nigerian Association of Medical and Dental Academics who paid him a courtesy visit in his office, said Vice Chancellors will be directed to re-open the universities based on the court order. In his words, “ASUU should also know that this is a step in the right direction. And all these things have been promised to them by the Minister of Education at their last meeting with him. For me, they should do the needful and get back to the classroom. “The government would order the vice-chancellors to reopen the universities in compliance with the order of the court.”
The Minister added that negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would continue despite the court order directing the striking lecturers to resume work.
This article was originally published on Naija News