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Academic, business activities resume in UNIBEN

09 January 2014, 08:58

Benin - Academic and business activities have resumed at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) after the over five months strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Some of the students and business operators, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Wednesday expressed happiness over the resumption.

When NAN visited the institution, some the students were in their classrooms receiving lectures, while some were discussing the prolonged industrial action even as they were photocopying lecture notes and handouts.

Favour Obi, a 200 level student in the department of Optometry confirmed that lectures had commenced in her faculty while a tentative examination time table was also released in the faculty.

Another student in the department of Psychology, Mary Odion, complained of the bushy and dirty environment of the university and urged the university management to clean the compound to avoid an epidemic.

Some of the students, however, told NAN that they were not prepared for the forthcoming examinations as they did not read during the ASUU strike.

"The strike was too long and we could not read for our examinations because there were a lot of distractions.

 "We are not fully prepared for the examination but by God’s grace, we will do our best,” they said.

Also, commenting on the resumption, a campus shuttle driver in the varsity, Andrew Osaro commended ASUU for going back to work.

"I am happy that everything has normalised. I was at home throughout the strike and only came out on few occasions because business was low.

"I thank God that we are back to work and business is gradually picking up so that we will be able to take care of our family," Osaro said.

Isreal Izibi, a photographer and business centre operator, who also expressed happiness over the resumption, said that he had started receiving patronage from students.

"I have done so many online registrations for students and taken a few passports photograph.

"Although patronage was low during the strike, I did not stay at home because my customers also come from outside the university to patronise me," he said.

NAN observed that socio-economic activities were gradually picking-up as food vendors, barbing/beauty salons and business centres were becoming a bee-hive of activities.

-  NAN


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