Why Alvan Suspended Daily Prayers and Called off Strike

The staff of the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education took to prayers after sealing the entrance of the institution last month. They were protesting the decision of the federal government to revoke the new and beloved university status of the institution handed over to them and three of their other counterparts by the last administration.

They however had to suspend the strike action and return to their normal duties few days after they started. I gathered from a senior staff of the institution that the strike was suspended after a high delegation from Abuja visited and informed them that instructions to revoke the university status came directly from President Buhari as against the widely circulated news that the provost of the institution was instrumental to the revocation because she was not made the Vice Chancellor. There were even text messages that circulated within senior staff of the institution claiming she paid millions of Naira to ensure that the new University status never sees the light of the day. All these were false according to my source and they had to call of the strike when they realized this to also give room for dialogue.

According to a report on Guardian News, professor of Science Education and the immediate past executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Peter Okebukola, maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari was right to suspend the conversion of the four federal colleges of education to Universities insisting that the country would be better for it at the end of the day.

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