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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has instructed the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu to resolve the ongoing ASUU strike within the next two weeks.
President Buhari gave the instruction during a meeting with certain Ministers and heads of Federal Government agencies concerned with the situation surrounding the action taken by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
Others present in the meeting, were the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Ngige, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami, the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Chairman of National Salaries Income and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta, the Director-General Budget Office, Ben Akabueze.
ASUU embarked on the strike on February 14th after claiming that the Federal Government failed to meet their demands, and then other university-based unions followed suit.
Other Unions that joined ASUU on the indefinite strike are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
According to our sources, the President held the meeting to inquire from the Government team on why the strike has been prolonged, giving the Minister of Education an ultimatum of two weeks to resolve the lingering strike and any new development should be reported back to him.
Also, President Buhari asked the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, to be available in meetings to resolve the lingering crisis.
The president also commends Chris Ngige’s previous efforts to resolve the strike embarked by the university unions.
Source: The Nation