Highlights:

  • Students to be part of management’s decisions
  • Why ASUU went on strike
  • Students are expected to remain in hostels as school will resume after one month
  • pay all your fees within the holiday
  • Students week to take place during the holiday
  • Hostels open for all students
  • Students’ handbook to be reviewed soon

The Students Management Interface Committee (SMIC) is planning for a student week to hold during this one month holiday. This was made known through the assistant secretary, SMIC from the outcome of the emergency meeting of the SMIC with the Vice Chancellor, Registrar and Dean –Students’ Affairs at the VC’s Conference Room on Friday 18th February, 2022.

The meeting according to the SMIC assistant sec was convened due to management’s thought that the students’ body deserve to be among the decision making processes of the University, especially because they are at the receiving end of enacted decisions.

Management stated that ASUU–NDU decided to join the National Strike on 16th February, 2022. The reasons for the industrial action include, but not limited to:

  1. The dilapidated State of University Hostels nationwide is an eyesore. This strike is to compel the Government to do the right thing in putting the hostels right.
  2. The laboratories are mostly below standard.
  3. Lack of Implementation of the 2009 MOU and MOA which is about the agreement for the review of the salaries of Lecturers every 5 years. This agreement, after a decade, was finally signed by the FG in 2020, but up till now, the FG has refused to implement it.
  4. Refusal of the FG to adopt the UTAS developed by Nigerian Lecturers in Nigerian Universities. Instead, the FG spent several billions in adopting the IPPIS.
  5. Failure of the FG to keep to the agreement on Needs Assessment of Nigerian Universities every 5 years. It is however worthy of note that the strike is a one-month warning strike. The following are the implications of that:

a. The FG is expected to comply to some of the demands of the Union within this one month.

b. Upon compliance by the FG, even before the completion of one month, the strike will be called-off, and academic activities returned back to the relative normalcy.

c. If the FG fails to comply within this one month, upon completion of the one-month, the strike will be called-off and academic activities returned back to relative normalcy. Thereafter, the association will meet again, to decide on its next line of action (most like likely an indefinite strike)

d. As a result of the above positive possibilities, all students are encouraged to remain within the school environment/campus, and advised not to travel back home. The school gates and hostels are open for all students. Students are advised to seize this period to carry-on with their normal activities and obligations as students. Students are also expected to pay their school fees and registration of courses (Which remains the proof of studentship).

The school fees and registration portals are open to students within the time frame for payment and registration. Students who are not able to meet up within this period, automatically have no record/proof of studentship for that session; they are to wait for the next session.

Furthermore, students union activities, which are already in the plan of the SMIC for the session, are not affected by the ongoing industrial action. In fact, students are encouraged to utilize this period for as many activities as they deem fit. The modalities for this are to be rolled out by the SMIC, through the Director of Socials. The following inquiries were given the needed attention:

  1. Appointment letters to be written by the Registrar
  2. Letter for account reopening, to be written by the VC, through the Registrar
  3. Replacement of the Director of Sports with the student with the highest CGPA in the Faculty of Science.
  4. Upcoming meetings of the SMIC with the:

a. Students Management Committee, Bayelsa State

b. SA on Students Matters, Bayelsa State.

c. Commissioner for Education, Bayelsa State

d. Team for amendment of Students Hand Book, NDU. (All SMIC executives will be invited for the review, so all members have been advised to study the existing handbook).

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