The Benue State University, BSU, chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday, directed its members to return to classes and commence teaching immediately.
The directive is sequel to the decision of the state government to pay ASUU-BSU members arrears of five months salaries covering the five month- old ASUU strike nationwide.
Following the decision of the national executive of ASUU to call off the industrial action, the management of the institution had directed all students to return back to school on January 5.
However, members of the BSU- ASUU refused to comply with the directive, insisting that their salaries within the period of the strike period must be paid by the state government.
However, in an emergency meeting of its congress held at the institution in Makurdi, the Chairman, ASUU-BSU chapter, Mr. David Ikoni asked members to resume classes following the promise by the state government to pay the withheld salaries of lecturers while the strike lasted.
In an interview with Vanguard on the issue, Ikoni said, “we urge all members to return to classes because the state government has started paying us from yesterday (Monday) and that was even the more reason why we called this congress.
“We also implore all students to return for serious academic work because we all have lost grounds and there is need for each and everyone of us, both students and lecturers alike to redouble our efforts to ensure that every minute of our time is utilised well.”
Meantime, life was gradually returning to the institution as old students have started trickling into the campus.
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