The management of the Delta State University, Abraka, has directed its students to return for academic activities immediately as it backed out of the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
The decision was reached after the University Senate held its 183rd Regular emergency meeting on Wednesday in Abraka.
A statement containing the resumption of studies at the institution was posted on the official Twitter handle of the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy Egwunyenga on Thursday.
It read in part, “This is to inform the University Community, particularly staff, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students that Senate of the Delta State University, at its 183rd Regular Meeting, held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, deliberated extensively on the approved University’s Academic calendar and decided as follows:
“that the University approved Academic Calendar would be followed strictly;
“that all undergraduate and Postgraduate students are to return to campus immediately and commence lectures; and
“that Faculties and Departments should ensure that academic activities commence fully.
“Consequently, all students are expected to return to campus and commence academic activities with immediate effect”.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, had earlier intervened into the lingering strike, thereby directing the Commissioner for Higher Education, Muoboghare, and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy Egwunyenga, to end their strike and reopen the varsity.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Egwunyenga had some time stated that DELSU, despite the institution not being a Federal University, had joined the ASUU strike.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) commenced a one month warning strike on February 14 2022 in protest against the government’s failure to meet their demands.
The union extended its warning strike for another two months at its National Executive Council, (NEC) meeting held in Abuja on March 14.