On Monday Yobe State University Damaturu resumed for academic activities despite the ongoing nationwide strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Registrar of the university, Dr Kalli Alkali Yusuf Gazali, had released a duly signed internal circular with reference number R/YUS/GC/014/vol. 1/15, dated 24th December 2018 addressed to Provost, Deans, Directors and Head of Departments indicating the resumption of academic activities on the 7th of January, 2019.

The circular was titled: ‘commencement of lectures after Christmas and New year break for the 2018/2019 academic session’.

“This is the Provost, Deans, Directors and Head of Departments that, lectures after Christmas and New Year break will commence on Monday 7th January 2019 for the 2018/2019 academic session.

“This is for the compliance of all Faculties, Directorates and Departments”.

Our correspondent gathered that lectures, on Monday, commenced in some departments of the university with few students in attendance.

However, when contacted via short message service (SMS) on the position of the union as regards to the resumption considering that its strike was yet to be called off, the ASUU branch chairman of the university, Mohammed Adamu Gulani replied as saying, “our position is still same as ASUU National”. It reads

He was optimistic that members of the union will not breach the union’s trust while insisting that there is absolute unity of purpose among them.

Recall that ASUU started an indefinite nationwide strike on November 5, 2018, over certain demands based on the agreement reached with the government in 2009.

Since then, the government and the union leaders have been holding a series of meetings meant to find a lasting solution to the lingering industrial action.

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