President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to resolve the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and other university-based unions.
ASUU has been strike since February 14, 2022. Other unions also joined them over the alleged inability of the federal government to meet up with their demands.
President Buhari gave the directive today after receiving briefings from the relevant government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, MDAs, involved in the ongoing efforts to end the face-off with the university unions.
He summoned them to get more information on why the strike had persisted for so long.
After the briefing, the President directed the education minister to ensure that the areas of disagreements were sorted out within two weeks and report back to him.
Also, he directed that the Minister of Labour and Employment must be in any of the meetings to resolve the crisis.
He added that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, should be part of the team to interface with the striking unions.
Those who attended the meeting were the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed; Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Ngige; Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami; Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan; Chairman of National Salaries Income and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta and Director-General Budget Office, Ben Akabueze.