Authorities of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) have called on the national leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to prevail on its striking members in RSUST to return to work, and stop threatening the peaceful atmosphere in the institution.
Spokesman of the university, Desmond Wosu told journalists in his office, while reacting to a recent statement credited to the leadership of RSUST chapter of ASUU to the effect that ASUU nation-wide will embark on strike to protest the refusal of relevant authorities to discuss the lingering ASUU strike and the anomalies going on in the Port Harcourt-based university.
Wosu explained that currently, more than 85 percent of ASUU members in RSUST had since resumed duties having realised that there was no need to embark on the said strike, adding that since the strike began, senate meetings, appointment and promotion committee (A&PC) meetings and all statutory committee meetings had been holding in the UST.
“The entire academic programmes of the university have been running smoothly, as lecturers have been teaching and carrying out research. Orientation for fresh students admitted for the 2012/2013 academic session was held in December 2012,” stated Wosu.
He also informed that, matriculation for fresh students would soon be held, just as he added that the university had concluded plans to hold its 27th convocation ceremony in April this year.
“All the deans, heads of departments and directors of institutes had also condemned the strike,” stated the RSUST spokesman, arguing that it was unnecessary for ASUU RSUST chapter or even the national ASUU to embark on strike simply because the Governor of Rivers State and Visitor to the university, Chibuike Amaechi exercised his legitimate right of appointing the vice-chancellor.