The Ebonyi State University (EBSU) has decided to pull out of the ongoing ASUU strike and ordered that all students return to school immediately.
The school made this pronouncement on Teusday stressing that; they will no longer be a party to the continuous and seemingly unending strike that has persisted since 2nd July 2013
The state owned university has since published its own academic calendar as follows:
25th Nov – students return to campus
26th Nov – commencement of second semester
20th Dec – Christmas break 4th jan 2014- students return after Christmas break
6th Jan- continuation of second semester lecture
6th Jan 2014- commencement of registration processes for 2013/2014 fresh students
14th Feb- end of second semester lectures
16th Feb- 2013/2014 matriculation
17th Feb- commencement of second semester 2012/2013 revision
24th Feb- commencement of second semester 2012/2013 exams
7th March 2014- end of second semester 2012/2013 exams
10th March- commencement of first semester 2013/2014 lecture for all students.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government threatened to sack Lecturers if they fail to call off the strike. President Jonathan ordered the immediate re-opening of Universities in the country. He further said that any lecturer who fails to resume work will be sacked
The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) in turn responded to the threat by the Federal Government to sack University lecturers, saying that it would not only fail but also worsen the situation and create “another long path to make the strike linger more than necessary.”
With the threat, ASUU said it was evident now that the Federal government was not ready to implement any resolutions it reached with the union.
“It is a pity if the federal government is not willing to perfect the resolutions reached with union. This is why we find it difficult to trust our leaders by their words. How can someone be threatening to sack lecturers when Universities are already short-staffed by almost 60,000. We are not in Military era.
The Military tried it and failed. This one will fail again.” ASUU said.