The lecturers said they would only obey the directive of the national ASUU.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), UNIJOS chapter, said on Tuesday that classes would only resume in the institution if directed by the national body.
The chapter Chairman, David Jangdam, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos that the lecturers were waiting for directives from the national body before the five-month strike could be called off.
“Classes will only resume if directed by the national body,’’ he said.
Mr. Jangdam said that the decision of the national body was final and binding on all local chapters.
The UNIJOS administration, in complying with the federal government’s directive, had ordered lecturers to resume on Wednesday; a directive the lecturers said they would ignore.
A statement by the Registrar of the University of Jos, Jilli Dandam, instructed all heads of departments to create timetables towards the resumption date.
“All academic staff of the University of Jos shall return to their various departments/units /directorates and commence work. Daily complain register shall be kept by all heads of department for all the academic staff who are at work. We plead with all academic staff to comply with the University governing council directives,” the statement said.
A correspondent who visited both the temporary and permanent sites of the university in Jos reports that they were deserted. Only security personnel were seen at the various entry and exit points of the university.
Mr. Jangdam also rejected suggestions that the lecturers had not been fair to university education in the country.
“Nigerians should ask the leaders why the educational sector is usually the least in their priorities,” he said.
He said that the union on Monday met with the institutions Student Union Government at their instance to explain its position on the continued strike.
The SUG President, Ajik Magaji, said that he would not comment on the outcome of the meeting for now.
He described the strike by ASUU as a huge threat to national security while blaming the Federal Government for reneging on agreements.
Mr. Magaji lamented that the strike had caused the students a whole session.
“In UNIJOS, for instance, we lost a complete session to strikes; some of our classmates in other schools have graduated and we are still here,’’ he said.
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