The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday made their decision not to return to work as directed by the Federal Government firm.
The varsity lecturers also refused to sign the attendance registers in their respective institutions as ordered by the federal government through the supervising minister of education, Chief Nyesom Wike.
They said they were simply waiting for the sack letters the Federal Government threatened to give them if they did not return to class.
Lecturers offices in the universities still remain shut despite the fact that the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, had urged the striking lecturers to return to work or on before December 9 or risk being sacked.
The leadership of ASUU had remained unfazed by the FG’s directive and threat. They accused the government of insincerity in the resolution of the face-off.
At the Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka on Monday, though some of the lecturers were on campus, they did not teach. The institution’s Faculty of Social Sciences, for instance, had its classrooms and laboratories shut. The hostels were opened but students had yet to return to the campus.
At UI, only a few lecturers were in schools. They neither taught nor signed the attendance register. The school’s chapter of ASUU earlier in the day had sent a message to its members, urging them to be calm and resolute in their demands.
The National Treasurer of ASUU, Dr. Ademola Aremu, said they would have wasted their time and effort if they caved in and returned to work under threat.
He said, “How can you call off a strike when there is nothing to show for it? The government is not qualified to call off the strike. Our union is awaiting the government to state all it has done in black and white. However, it is a serious insult on us for the government to be harassing us with sacking threat. We are not casual workers or labourers. Our research work has been ongoing.”
Lecturers also shunned work at OAU even though a few of the students were on the campus. The Chairman of ASUU at the university, Prof. Adegbola Akinola, said that the strike was still on.
He said, “Our union did not close the universities, what we did was to withdraw teaching services and they will remain withdrawn until the government properly documents the agreement reached with us on November 4, 2013.”
Lectures did not also hold at ABU. The two campuses of the institution at Samaru and Kongo had only a negligible human presence as of Monday. Lecturers’ offices and lecture halls were shut, just as the students did not show up as directed by the government.
There were no studies too at UNIUYO, UNIJOS, FUNAAB, LASU and UNILAG as lecturers boycotted classes.