by Segun Odeleye
Everyone has grown weary of the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which is in its fourth month now. The union however is holding firm and refusing to break ranks until it collectively arrives at a decision. All the branches which signed off to embark on the strike at the beginning are still standing with the National Executive Committee (NEC) despite pressure from the government and the university authorities.
In Ondo, the registrar of the Adekunle Ajasin University (AAU), R.B. Olotu issued a circular directing the students to resume on Monday, November 25 for the second semester 2012/2013 session.
His statement entitled “Resumption for the 2nd semester 2012/2013 session,” informed the students of the university that “academic activities of the second semester of 2012/2013 session truncated as a result of the ASUU national strike are to resume on Monday, 25th November, 2013 with the continuation of registration on the University portal (http://portal.aaua.edu.ng). Lectures are to start on Monday, 2nd December, 2013.”
But the university chapter of ASUU was having none of that. Reacting swiftly, ASUU dissociated itself from the purported resumption of academic activities in the university.
ASUU chairman in the university, Busuyi Mekusi, made a statement asking its members to disregard the university’s directive as its members are still part of the ongoing national strike by the union.
“Members should, therefore, disregard any pull to abandon the struggle, and be steadfast until the present position is reviewed by NEC. The union also wants to make it abundantly clear that it would resist every tyrannical propensity to intimidate and harass its members,” the statement said.