The Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma-Edo State, Nigeria has announced resumption of academic activities in spite of the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The Spokesman of the institution, Mr. Edward Aihevba said the decision was part of decisions reached at an emergency Senate meeting held on Monday, December 14, 2020.
According to the image maker, all students by the calendar approved by the senate, are to come into hall of residence, December 26, 2020 while First Semester Examination would begin with GST and ENT courses on Monday, January 11, 2020, and end Saturday February 6, 2020.
Meanwhile, registration for old students continued on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, to end Saturday, December 26, 2020, while students and staff of the institution would begin online interaction December 20, 2020.
Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) AAU Chapter has however kicked against the resumption, urging parents not to release their children for resumption, as ASUU was yet to call off its national strike.
Reacting to the statement by ASUU AAU, the spokesman, Mr. Aihevba called on parents to discountenance the statement by ASUU pointing out that Senate was the authority empowered by law to announce resumption.
“It is necessary to make clear that the only authority empowered by law to decide and direct resumption of school is the senate.
” Senate is made up of all professors in the university, numbering almost 80, all directors, numbering more than 13, deans of faculties, numbering more than 12.
“Students, parents and guardians are hereby assured that academic activities will be carried out seamlessly and without hitch, he said.
Mr. Aihevba assured that arrangements have been put in place by the institution to ensure adherence to Covid-19 containment protocols by both students and staff.
He also used the opportunity to appreciate the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki for approving the usage of the new Administrative Block built by the state government.