Dayo Israel, the National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has disclosed that he initiated talks with the government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to find a solution to the ongoing strike.
According to Israel, he met with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige yesterday in Abuja to discuss the lingering industrial action by ASUU.
The APC youth leader in tweets on his Twitter handle noted that he equally consulted the presidents of ASUU and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
Israel expressed readiness to continue the engagement with key stakeholders until a solution that will enable students to return to school is found.
Recall that ASUU declared an industrial strike on February 14, 2022.
Israel wrote “I just met Nigeria’s Minister of Labour Chris Ngige with my Youth Leaders at his home in Abuja to discuss the way forward in putting an end to the ASUU Strike. Earlier in the day, I spoke to the Presidents of ASUU and NANS ahead of my meeting with the Minister.
“I also spoke to the Chairman of the Wage, Income and Salaries Commission through the Ministers Phone. I can inform Nigerians that a counter offer to ASUU has been put together by the FG and will be presented to Mr President this week.
“Our consultations will continue and we call on all stakeholders to find a middle ground and ensure our youths go back to school this month.”
The strike is inching closer to its fifth month with government and ASUU leadership yet to resolve their differences. Among the key issues are the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement and the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) payment platform.