by Akintomiwa Agbaje
Only four lecturers of the 600 academic workers reported for duty at the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) yesterday, inspite of the Federal Government’s threat to university lecturers.
Reports reveal that the lecturers complied with the UNIABUJA branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) decision not to resume work.
Spectacularly, only one lecturer signed the resumption register at the permanent site of the university
The Nigerai Eye reports:
The situation made a few students to roam about for hours before returning to their hostels.
The four lecturers who resumed work were those of Economics, Banking and Finance and Physics.
It was learnt that besides being loyalists of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. James Adelabu, they had been expelled from ASUU because of their “intransigence”.
A professor, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, said: “We remain resolute not to go back to work in spite of the military order from the government.
“Let them sack all of us, including those in medical colleges and let us see how far we can go.
“Our position is that the government should conclude the ongoing talks with the leadership of ASUU, which has been non-violent.”
Another don said: “You can see that lecture rooms are opened, no lecturers. Only four lecturers came to work out of about 600. And out of the four recalcitrant lecturers, one of them in Economic Department managed to teach less than 10 students.
“It is obvious that the government ultimatum is of no effect in UNIABUJA. Let them bring soldiers and policemen to teach our students.”
A source in the Administration Department of the university said: “So far, only a lecturer has signed the attendance register at the Permanent Site. We are expecting that the situation will improve as from Tuesday.”