The Federal Government through the National Universities Commission has ordered vice-chancellors to re-open schools and allow students to resume lectures.
This was made known in a letter signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts of the NUC, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.
In the letter which was addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities, the federal government ordered the VCs to restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses.
“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses”, the letter partly reads.
The directive comes seven months after public universities in the country were shut when members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on industrial action over poor welfare packages and some unpaid entitlements.
Meanwhile, the National Industrial Court (NIC), in Abuja last week ordered the lecturers to call off their seven-month strike and return to the classrooms but ASUU subsequently filed an appeal over the ruling.