The management of Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri, has decided to reopen the institution for academic activities despite the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Hence, the university instructed its staff and students to resume classes on Tuesday.
The university’s Public Relations Officer, Ralph Njokuobi, confirmed this to Daily Trust on Monday. Njoku said the university decided to pull out of the lingering strike in the interest of the students and staff of the institution.
He said, “Yes. It is true. We have asked students to resume immediately. Lectures start on Tuesday. We are doing this in the best interest of our students and staff. We are not only pulling out of the ASUU strike but also asking everyone to return to school, we have asked students to resume immediately.
“We have already sent the release to all radio stations and we expect our lecturers and students back on Tuesday.”
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) sitting in Abuja on Monday adjourned the lawsuit between the Nigerian government and the striking university lecturers till Wednesday, September 21. Justice Polycap Hamman adjourned the matter for continuation of hearing.
Easterner had reported that the Nigerian government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, dragged striking university lecturers to court because talks between both parties have collapsed.
This was disclosed in a court document dated September 9, which was obtained by Easterner on Sunday, titled: “Forwarding of a referral instrument in the trade dispute between federal government/federal ministry of education and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)”.