ASUU Strike: UI Closed Down Till Further Notice

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Students asked to vacate halls of residence immediately •Don’t engage in vices, parents’ association warns students.

The management of University of Ibadan (UI) has ordered an indefinite shutdown of the institution.

This followed the recent extension of the ongoing strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) by eight weeks.

The university’s management, in a special bulletin by the Registrar, Mrs. Olubunmi Faluyi, said the ongoing strike had paralysed academic activities.

The bulletin, titled: Notice to Students, reads: “Management, at its meeting on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, deliberated on the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which had now been extended by eight weeks.

“As a result, academic activities in the university have become paralysed.

“Consequently, the Vice Chancellor, on behalf of Senate, has directed that the university be closed until further notice.
Therefore, all students are hereby mandated to vacate the halls of residence with immediate effect.
Postgraduate students who have paid their school fees and undergraduate students who are on industrial attachment or practical training are exempted from this vacation notice. Such students are to visit the Office of the Dean of Students for accommodation arrangement.

“A new date of resumption will be communicated in due course.

“Management wishes our students safe journey to their various destinations.”

Also, the National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) has warned students not to use the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike as an excuse to engage in vices.

NAPTAN Deputy National President Adeolu Ogunbanjo, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos, advised that the students should use the opportunity to add value to their lives.

Ogunbanjo said the proverb “an idle mind is a devil’s workshop” would not be a defence for students to engage in crime during the ongoing strike.

“It is quite unfortunate that both the government and ASUU could not come to terms with the agreement on the current issue. Rather than students being in school learning to observe normal academic calendar, they are at home. It’s a big problem.

“However, it should not be a criterion for them to indulge in vices, thinking that cybercrime is the next thing to do, or join cult groups, which are totally unacceptable in our society.
Postgraduate students who have paid their school fees and undergraduate students who are on industrial attachment or practical training are exempted from this vacation notice. Such students are to visit the Office of the Dean of Students for accommodation arrangement.

“A new date of resumption will be communicated in due course.

“Management wishes our students safe journey to their various destinations.”

Also, the National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) has warned students not to use the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike as an excuse to engage in vices.

NAPTAN Deputy National President Adeolu Ogunbanjo, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos, advised that the students should use the opportunity to add value to their lives.

Ogunbanjo said the proverb “an idle mind is a devil’s workshop” would not be a defence for students to engage in crime during the ongoing strike.

“It is quite unfortunate that both the government and ASUU could not come to terms with the agreement on the current issue. Rather than students being in school learning to observe normal academic calendar, they are at home. It’s a big problem.

“However, it should not be a criterion for them to indulge in vices, thinking that cybercrime is the next thing to do, or join cult groups, which are totally unacceptable in our society.

There is no justification for acts like that. Some wise ones have started looking for part-time jobs here and there, just to get themselves meaningfully engaged, pending when the two sides will find final resolutions,” he said.

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