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Academic activities have commenced at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, NSUK, after some lecturers defied the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
This development was confirmed by ASUU NSUK branch Chairman, Dr Samuel Alu, Information and Protocol Officer of the varsity, Mr Abraham Ekpo, and President, NSUK Students Union Government, SUG, Mr Najeem Gbefwi, at the university on Thursday.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, lectures commenced in the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences among others.
The resumption was in response to the directive issued by the university management through a statement that was recently issued, asking students to return to campus for commencement.
However, the directive was opposed by ASUU NSUK branch as it vowed to resist the attempt to break the strike.
Reacting to the commencement of academic activities, Ekpo described it as desirable and hoped for better compliance.
He said, “The information we have is that lectures have started across board but you know this thing is gradual. We have departments that just released their timetable yesterday.
“So it’s natural for attendance during the first week of resumption to be low. I am sure by next week, you will see a large turnout and academic activities will become more regular.”
In his reaction, Gbefwi, the SUG President, also confirmed the resumption of academic activities adding that lectures had commenced in some departments but with low attendance.
He said, “Lectures have been holding. Students in some departments were even given assignments and they are working on it. So academic activities have commenced and we pray to have a smooth semester.
“Even in the midst of the ASUU strike, a lot of lecturers have shown willingness to teach and to make that sacrifice.”
ASUU NSUK branch Chairman, Alu, expressed sadness over the resumption, noting that the union will remain resolute despite the actions of a few lecturers who were going against the union.
He said, “We met just one person in one of the faculty violating what we had agreed on. So we went further to take note of the strike violator and we are processing his query.
“We are hoping he will get the query before the end of today. We expect him to reply before we process further. That is not to say much is happening.
He added, “I was thinking by today the institution would have been flooded with students and academic activities would have overtaken the whole system but the campus is still a shadow of itself.”