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ASUU Strike: UNIJOS might lose a session more

By Taye Obateru

Jos – Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof. Sonni Tyoden has again expressed hope for a quick end to the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), saying the institution might lose another academic session if it persists.

He told journalists, yesterday, that unless the strike is called-off by October, the institution might be forced to cancel another academic session.

According to him, UNIJOS was in the first semester of the 2008/2009 academic session, far behind most universities which were in the second semester, when the strike started.

The implication of this is that candidates from the catchment states of the university, especially Plateau, who form about 80 per cent of students admitted, would lose their chances for an academic session.

Tyoden blamed the situation on past strikes and crises in the state in recent times, which occasioned a forced closure of the institution. He also cited the November 28, last year crisis which forced a closure.

He said it was in view of the peculiar circumstance of the university that the governing council recently appealed to the striking unions to resume work.

But the varous unions spurned the appeals on the ground that the strikes were national.

The vice chancellor also disclosed that the capital mop up occasioned by the strike would be felt more by UNIJOS which needs money for the development of its permanent site.


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