School is now in session
The University of Jos and its lecturers have resolved their differences, paving way for the resumption of classes.
The lecturers had stayed away from classes, citing “local issues,” even after their union’s national body, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, called off its six months strike.
Jolted by that development, the university promptly set up a committee which addressed the issues, especially the errors in the payment of allowances.
“The school is on; lecturers are in classes and we are only expecting new students because the old ones are already here and in session,” the university’s Assistant Registrar (Information), Steve Otowo, confirmed in Jos on Thursday.
He said that the two bodies have ironed out their differences and have resolved to work together, especially in the interest of the students.
Meanwhile, students of the school have commended the lecturers and the management over the quick resolution of the issues, and explained that the development had demonstrated their resolve to put the students’ interest above every other consideration.
The President of the university’s Students Union Government, SUG, Ajik Magaji, said in Jos on Thursday that the students were indeed very happy with the development.
“We are happy to be back to classes. We are happy that management and the lecturers had made our interest a priority,” he said.
The SUG President called on students to immediately return to school, and appealed to them to be of good conduct.
He also advised them to make optimum use of their time in order to cover the time lost during the six months of the strike.