Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU)’s management Lapai, Niger State has ordered its staff to pull out of the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and resume work on September 5 for the 2021/2022 second semester academic session.
This was revealed in a statement issueed on Tuesday evening by the university Deputy Registrar, Information, Alhaji Baba Akote.
He said the decision to direct both academic and non-academic staff to resume was taken by the university’s Governing Council at its 55th regular meeting held on Tuesday.
“Students are please advised to heed to this special announcement in their own interest,” he said.
But the ASUU chairman of the instution’s chapter, Dr Kudu Dangana, told newsmen that they had not suspended the strike and, therefore, would not succumb to the directive.
He said the letter of extension of the strike had already been served on the management and wondered why a statement for resumption was issued.
“Any student that resumes is wasting his money and time or he is coming to see the campus. We have not called off the strike,” he said.
Also, the chapter Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), and Chairman, Joint Action Committee (JAC), Adamu Isah, said the strike was still ongoing in the institution.
He said the council had ready set up a committee to negotiate the issues with unions and wondered why the management went behind to give the order for resumption.