President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and the Minister of Works, Chris Ngige, to resolve the protracted strike launched by four university unions and report back to him in two weeks.
President Buhari issued the directive on Tuesday after receiving briefings from relevant government departments, agencies and ministries involved in the resolution of the clash with the university unions.
Aunty Amebo reported that ASUU had commenced nationwide strike on February 14th 2022, citing different demands which the FG had failed to meet as its reasons.
Some of the demands include, payments of salary arrears, better working conditions, renegotiation of the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement, payment of earned academic allowances, funds for the revitalization of public universities, promotion arrears, and poor funding of state universities.
Other unions in tertiary institutions also on strike include the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Allied Institutions (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
President Buhari called a meeting on Tuesday to receive a briefing from the government team on when the strike is taking too long.
The President after hearing from the relevant MDA’s directly involved ordered the Minister of Education to ensure that the impasse was resolved within two weeks and report back to him.
President Buhari also directed that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige must be in any of the meetings to resolve the crisis.
He is expected to brief Adamu Buhari on the development in two weeks. The President commended Ngige for his efforts so far to resolve the face-off.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Education Mallam Adamu, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Ngige, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, Chairman National Commission on Income and Wages, Ekpo Nta, Director General Budget Office, Ben Akabueze.