Many of the students are yet to resume.
Lectures have commenced in some departments of the University of Abuja since December 2, a top official of the institution has said.
Dr Peter Maidoki, the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development of the university, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said some members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), UniAbuja chapter, were responding positively to the Federal Government’s directive reopening the universities.
Mr. Maidoki said that a register was opened at both the mini-campus and the permanent site of the university, for returning lecturers to sign.
“I just signed and have finished attending to a class; my colleague has just taken over from me”, he said.
He said that some of the lecturers who had resumed work were eager to teach, but that there were no students in some departments to take lectures.
According to him, members of ASUU have embarked on a campaign to discourage the students from returning.
Mr. Maidoki, however, said that the few who had so far resumed were being given adequate attention.
“Attendance of students who were present at the lectures was taken’’, he said.
The director called on ASUU to suspend its strike, which he described as being over due, to enable the students to return to classes.
About 13 lecturers with the faculty of Management Science had complied with the Federal Government’s directive to resume work and had signed the register.
A 300 level student of economics, who simply identified herself as Amaka, said lectures had actually commenced in some departments but that students attendance was very poor.
” Looking at the situation of things, the lecturers are divided and until they come together and resolve the issue on ground, I do not think proper lecture will take place.”
” As you can see, the students on the campus are few. Those staying very far are scared of resuming and not being attended to properly.”
“They want a concrete decision from both the government and ASUU before returning to classes,” she said.
Amaka urged the parties to resolve their differences to enable academic activities commence fully in the universities.
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