Jos â€” The Governing Council of the University of Jos has directed management of the institution to immediately put necessary machinery in place for resumption of normal academic activities.
Chairman of the Governing Council, Ambassador Ignatius Ajuru who briefed journalists on the outcome of an emergency meeting did not, however, say how this would be achieved despite the strike by the four staff unions in the university and the refusal of the local branch of ASUU to attend a meeting convened with the unions.
He appealed to staff of the university to resume their normal duties â€œwithout fear of molestation, intimidation and harassmentâ€, disclosing that a special committee had been put in place to continue the dialogue with the local chapters of the unions.
The chairman bemoaned the fact that the university had already lost a session and was about to lose another, stressing the need resolution for everything to be done to resume academic activities in the interest of students, parents and the country at large.
He said with the autonomy granted universities, the power to negotiate with workers on their conditions of service was now vested in the governing councils of universities and appealed to the unions to give the council a chance to resolve the matters at stake.
He commended the universityâ€™s management on the successful conduct of the post-UME screening exercise adding "council hereby assures the entire university community of its willingness, readiness and determination to provide the enabling environment for normal academic activities to thrive."
It was not clear at press time how the university management plans to carry out the directive to re-open the institution in the face of on-going strike by the various unions while efforts to reach the chapter Chairman of ASUU, Dr. Timothy Namo were unsuccessful.