Only 4 lecturers of 600 academic workers reported for duty at the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), in spite of the Federal Government’s threat to university lecturers.
Spectacularly, only one lecturer signed the resumption register at the permanent site of the university.
The four lecturers who decided to quit strike are believed to be the loyalists of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. James Adelabu. Reportedly, they have already been expelled from the ASUU because of their “intransigence”.
A few students were seen roaming around.
A professor at UNIABUJA, who spoke to newsmen on conditions of anonymity, said that the lecturers “remain resolute not to go back to work in spite of the military order from the government”.
“Let them sack all of us, including those in medical colleges and let us see how far we can go.
“Our position is that the government should conclude the ongoing talks with the leadership of ASUU, which has been non-violent,” ASUU member declared.
“You can see that lecture rooms are opened, no lecturers. Only four lecturers came to work out of about 600. And out of the four recalcitrant lecturers, one of them in Economic Department managed to teach less than 10 students.”
“It is obvious that the government ultimatum is of no effect in UNIABUJA. Let them bring soldiers and policemen to teach our students,” another lecturer said.