The Federal University, Oye-Ekiti and the University of Benin have announced resumption dates following the suspension of the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
FUOYE announced the immediate resumption of academic activities for fresh and returning students for the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 sessions.
The Special Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor on Media Matters, Wole Balogun, said the university Senate had also approved that two academic sessions – the second semester of the 2020/2021 academic session and the first semester of the 2021/2022 academic session – be run simultaneously.
Balogun, in a statement titled, “FUOYE resumes academic activities,” said the approval was “with a view to making up for the loss of eight months to the just suspended industrial strike action of the Academic Union of Universities.”
According to him, a circular dated October 18, signed by the Registrar, Ibrahim Mufutau, had stated that resumption and registration for fresh students and lectures for the second semester for returning students began on October 17, 2022.
It added, “Lectures for fresh students kick off on Monday, October 24 and on Thursday, October 27, registration for fresh students ends as the university holds the 2021/2022 matriculation ceremony for fresh students on the following day, Friday, October 28.”
Balogun stated that while the 2021/2022 First Semester would end in January 2023, the 2020/2021 session will also end in December 2022. A new session, 2022/2023, for which admission screening is currently ongoing, may kick off around June 2023.”
For UNIBEN, students are expected to return to school on Sunday in line with the institution’s amended calendar.
A statement on Wednesday by the institution’s spokesperson, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, read, “The University of Benin Senate has amended the institution’s 2020/2021 academic calendar and approved Sunday, October 23, 2022, for students to return to halls of residence.
“Lectures are expected to continue on October 24 as the second semester was truncated for eight months following the recently suspended strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. The semester is to run until December 23.
“Meanwhile, online registration of new students admitted for 2021/2022 begins on December 2.”