Rivers State-based universities defy ASUU, resume lectures




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Lecturers have resumed at Rivers State-owned , despite the current strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of (ASUU).

 

The union had vowed to stay away from classrooms until the government addressed the challenges of infrastructural decay and funding in .

 

ASUU National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, had threatened any lecturer who failed to adhere to the union’s directive would be sanctioned.

But the Rivers State University said had resumed academic activities with strict compliance to protocols.

He said: “We have fully resumed. The university’s met and approved September 5, 2020, for resumption of lectures. We are supposed to take our examination after one week of revision.

“As you can see, both lecturers and students are campus and we are in full swing. The students are very happy to be back to school, guess because they were already tired of remaining at home.”

A lecturer in the university’s Department of Mass Communications, who spoke in confidence, also confirmed resumption of academic activities.

Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Prof. Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele, said the university had concluded plans to resume academic activities.

“We have a committee , comprising about 19 members. We have installed a walk-through gate at the main entrance of the university. We also installed a sanitising machine at the entrance of the administrative block and major campus entrances.

“We maintain in the classrooms. The classes be split into smaller groups. We also have a holding centre for any person who shows symptoms of to be kept there for 20 minutes before we invite NCDC.” (Text, excluding headline, courtesy The Nation)

 

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