ASUU members are currently on strike, so new information has come to light regarding why the Federal Government quickly reversed its directive to the various university administrations to reopen public universities.
Remember that the Federal Government previously gave vice chancellors the order to reopen schools.
It had asked the Vice-Chancellors of universities:-
“to ensure that the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resume and commence lectures immediately.”
However, it later issued another directive withdrawing its earlier circular.
DAILY POST gathered that the opinion leaders and other stakeholders interested in resolving the face-off between the ASUU and the government mounted pressure on government requesting that the circular, earlier sent to mandate the reopening of the universities, be withdrawn.
A senior official in the Ministry of Education, who didn’t want his name mentioned, disclosed that “the circular was withdrawn to allow for more negotiation between government and the ASUU following the ongoing invention by the Speaker of the House of Representatives”.