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UNIJOS To Re-open Soon As Dalung Brokers Peace Between ASUU, Varsity Authority

Posted: Jan 15, 2016 at 9:27 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Nedum Noble

There are strong indication that the University of Jos which has been on strike for three months now may re-open for normal academic exercise next week following a successful intervention in the crisis by the Youth and Sports Minister Barr Solomon Dalung, who opted to broker peace between the Local Branch of the Academic Staff Union of University ASUU and the Management of the Institution.

The current feud has led to three months of industrial strike that have paralysed all academic works in the foremost citadel of learning in Plateau State.

The Minister, an indigene of the Plateau State, a former student Union leader of the institution and a former strong  member of ASUU while working in the University as lecturer has received several entreaties from well meaning citizens and lovers of the State including respectable  personalities, religious leaders, traditional rulers, concerned parents and students who believed that he stands a better chance of braking the ice on the imbroglio because of the enormous respect he enjoys from the two warring parties.

Indication emerged after the Minister who had decided to sneak into the University on Wednesday morning, before embarking on the inspection of the Jos Youth Center assignment that brought him to the State capital, came out beaming with smile, after 7 hours of closed door meetings with both the Executive members of ASUU and the University authority led by the Vice-Chancellor.

Although no communiqué was issued after the marathon meeting, and none of the protagonists in the negotiation spoke to the press thereafter, feelers emanating indicate that ASUU would call off the strike next week as soon as it fulfilled the requirement of formal notification of the parent body about the new development.

The two parties were also believed to have made concessions in the interest of peace and general concern for the worried parents and students.