Benue State University (BSU) Makurdi has backed out of the seven month strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as the management of the institution directed the immediate reopening of the school with effect from tomorrow, September 28.
In a statement today, September 27, the registrar of the university, Mrs. Mfaga Modom, directed all staff of the school to resume with immediate effect.
The statement reads: “On the directive of the Vice-Chancellor, I write to inform all staff, members of the university community and the general public that the university will reopen with effect from Wednesday 28, September 2022.
“All staff of the university are expected to resume regular duties from Wednesday 28, September 2022.”
The statement added that the resumption date for all categories of students would be announced in due course.
The ASUU Chairman, BSU chapter, Dr. Kwaehfan Tarmombo confirmed the directive, saying however that lecturers would resume as directed but will not teach until the National chapter of the union calls off the strike.
He said: “that is what we were told but we are still on strike. We have been called to resume office but we are not going to teach. We are still on strike until otherwise”.
BSU had joined other government-owned universities to shut down on 14 February following an industrial action by ASUU.
Efforts so far by the Federal Government to resolve the lingering issues with the university lecturers have proved abortive as the union insisted that their demands must be met before ending the strike.