ASUU strike update: Lectures begin at AAUA as students return to school

by Akintomiwa Agbaje

Adekunle Ajasin University

Lectures at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State were said to have begun yesterday however reports held that a good number of the student population had not yet resumed for the new academic semester.

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Prof. Femi Mimiko, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution,  supervised lectures personally to ensure that the lecturers comply with the alleged 1 week ultimatum issued by Federal Government directive issued on November 28, 2013.

READ: AAUA begins recruitment process to replace striking lecturers

The Nigerian Tribune reports:

Academic activities resumed at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), on Monday, as some lecturers of the institution complied with the directive by the management of the school to commence lectures.

Although lectures have not started fully in all the departments, a visit to the school campus showed that lectures had started in some of the departments of the university, with students in classrooms.

It was observed that lectures were on in some of the faculties including Arts and Education.

It was also gathered that timetables for lectures for the second semester of the 2012/2013 academic session had been released by each of the departments, to signal the commencement of academic exercise.

Also meetings of the heads of departments in each of the faculties were held to ensure proper courses allocation among the lecturers.

The vice chancellor of the university, Professor Femi Mimiko and principal officers of the insitution went round the campus to monitor the level of compliance to the directive.

Speaking after the monitoring exercise, Mimiko expressed satisfaction, saying the development showed that about 60 per cent of the academic staff were back on campus.

“I am satisfied with the level of response that we have received so far, viz-a-viz the directive that management gave that lectures should resume today.

“I have personally gone round and I also sent my principal officers to go round the classrooms and it was discovered that quite a number of classes held.

“As we speak, lecturers are in the classrooms teaching, yes the students are just coming back to campus, that is not unexpected, but the good thing there is, more than half of the total number of lecturers have indicated their desire to teach and they are all over the place teaching, I hope and believe that from tomorrow, the situation will improve,” he said.

Mimiko said it was a matter of individual choice if a parent chose to listen to ASUU and keep his child at home, adding that there was little or nothing that could be done to that.


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