President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to end the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike as soon as possible.
The minister disclosed this at the negotiation meeting which was held with the leadership of ASUU on Monday, January 21, 2018.
The declaration was mentioned in a statement which was published by the Assistant Director, Press at the ministry, Rhoda Illiya, which disclosed that Buhari ordered Ngige that the strike which has been going on for three months must be called off at the end of the negotiation meeting on Monday.
It will be recalled that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which is the union for University lecturers in Nigeria embarked on the strike on November 4 after a brief warning strike over the situation of poor funding of Universities and lack of implementation of previous agreements with the government.
Below is an extract of Chris Ngige’s statement;
“Mr President has directed me to pass the night here until all issues that have kept our children away from school are resolved and the strike called off.
“The president has also directed me to impress upon you, the imperative of little sacrifice from all sides, knowing fully well that the revenue of the Federation has dwindled from what it was before the present administration assumed office.”
“The president told me to assure you of his determination to reposition our universities as he would do everything possible to cast the present challenges in our tertiary education to the dustbin of history.”