By Chidi Nkwopara
Owerri – Imo State government has ordered the striking academic and non-academic staff of Imo Staff University (IMSU), Owerri, to return to work immediately.
Government similarly directed the Governing Council of IMSU to open a register, which all striking staff are expected to sign as an indication that they have returned to work.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Amanze Obi, made governmentâ€™s stand known in a statement in Owerri, yesterday.
â€œMembers of staff who do not sign the register on or before Friday, August 21, 2009, will have themselves to blame as their appointments may be reviewedâ€, he said.
Stating that the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has become a serious concern to government, the CommissionerÂ revealed that government had taken a hard look at the protracted strike and has resolved to deal with it decisively.
â€œThe government of Imo state is living up to its statutory obligations to the University. No salaries are being owed and no agreement has been breached or flouted.