The Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai, Niger State may have pulled out of the strike.

The university management directed that the institution be re-opened on Monday.

The Liveschoolnews gathered that IBBU Senate debated the outcome of the congress of the local chapter of ASUU, which was said to favour the calling off of the strike and resolving to re-open the campus for academic activities.

A member of IBBU ASUU chapter, who spoke to our reporter on the telephone, said the union members voted that the strike be called off, but with the promise that their decision would not override the NEC’s resolution.

He said the management relied on the congress decision and ordered resumption.

Another member of the union said: “Yes, we have been asked to resume on Monday and the campus is being prepared for re-opening. The university management took the decision in line with agreement of members that were present at the ASUU congress we held on Monday.”

Asked if the local ASUU was consulted before the decision was reached, the source responded: “I cannot confirm this but what I am sure of is that lectures will start on Monday.”

However, IBBU ASUU Chairman Dr Aliyu Badeggi described the directive by Vice Chancellor Prof Ibrahim Kolo as mischievous. He said there was no decision on the strike from the national executive, adding that there was no way IBBU would pull out of the action it was a party to.

He said: “How can IBBU pull out of the strike when the NEC has not ordered it should be called off? You should have known that the Vice Chancellor is being mischievous and playing to the gallery. There is no final decision on resumption because we voted to be part of the strike and we will remain a party to the action, until NEC meeting decides we should resume. So, don’t believe what the management has said; IBBU is in full strike.”

Contacted last night, the university’s Director of Information, Alhaji Sule Shehu, said the resumption directive was the decision of the institution’s Senate and not the VC’s.

He said: “It is true that students have been asked to resume by the Senate of the university, which is made up of lecturers, Heads of Departments, Deans of faculties, professors and directors of units. All these people took the decision in a majority vote and not the personal decision of the vice chancellor.”

Asked if the local ASUU chapter was contacted, Shehu said there was no way the wishes of a few would override the agreement of the majority, dismissing Badeggi’s opinion as “minority view”.

The university also released an adjusted calendar to make up for the lost period so as to complete the second semester.

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