Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Pro Chancellors Order Universities To Reopen -PM News, Lagos
called for the immediate re-opening of all shut down universities
across the country.
This is contained in a communiqué signed by the committee's Chairman,
Prof. Kimse Okoko, released in Abuja on Tuesday.
The communiqué was issued at the end of the committee's meeting to
discuss the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU) and other issues affecting the Nigerian University
It stated that the call for the re-opening of the universities was
unanimously agreed by all Pro-chancellors in the interest of the
The communique directed all the Vice-Chancellors to comply with the decision.
It commended the efforts by the Federal Government to address the
major issues that led to the strike and lauded the personal
intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan in the resolution of the
It also expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the referendum
conducted in all the branches of ASUU nationwide, which voted 60-40 in
favour of the suspension of the ongoing strike.
The communique explained that the committee's decision was based on
the negative impact the strike had had on the university system,
students and the parents.
It, however, appealed for the understanding from the leadership and
members of ASUU to ensure speedy restoration of academic activities on