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ASUU Strike: ABSU Pulls Out, Recalls Students

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Following the two months extension of the Industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU) has recalled their students who went home as a result of the current strike effectively pulling out of the industrial action.

The action of the management of ABSU came a day leadership of ASUU extended their initial four weeks warning strike, to two more months.

The statement recalling the students was signed by the Registrar, Dr Acho Elendu.

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He announced that while students were expected back on campus on Saturday, March 19, registration formalities for new students were to be completed before Friday March 25 as lectures would commence on Monday, March 28.

The statement read in part: ‘The Vice Chancellor, Abia State University,  Professor Onyemachi M. Ogbulu, on behalf of Management, has approved the resumption for First Semester, 2021/2022 academic session of the University on Saturday, March 19, 2022.

‘Accordingly, all new and returning students are advised to complete their registration formalities on or before Friday,  March 25, 2022 as lectures will commence on Monday, March 28, 2022.’

The Eastern Updates recalls that ASUU had on Monday extended the strike by eight weeks, saying it took the decision because the Federal Government failed to address the issues it raised in a 2020 FGN/ASUU agreement.

The Chairman of the union, Osodeke had explained that the strike action came on the heels of Government’s failure to satisfactorily implement the Memorandum of Action (MoA) it signed with the Union in December 2020 on funding for revitalization of public universities (both Federal and States), renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), Earned Academic Allowances, State Universities, promotion arrears, withheld salaries, and non remittance of third party deductions.

The students are expected to return to campus in the coming days.

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