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ASUU Strike Update | FG Assures Determination To Reposition Nigerian Universities

ASUU Strike Update | FG Assures Determination To Reposition Nigerian Universities

ASUU Strike Update | FG Assures Determination To Reposition Nigerian Universities

The Federal Government yesterday had again met with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in a bid to resolve the on-going strike by the Union.

At the meeting, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige assured the Union that the Federal government will do anything within it’s power to make sure that the strike be called off. The meeting was held at the ministry of Labour and Employment.

Ngige said the President has directed him to pass the night here until all issues that have kept students away from school are resolved and strike called off.

Recall, ASUU Strike Update | ASUU Strike To be called-off Soon – Adamu Adamu

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He also said that the president directed him to seek the understanding of all sides, with a view that the revenue of the federation has dwindled from what it was before the present administration assumed office.

The Minister further said President Buhari was greatly worried about the situation in the university system, hence, his steady and holistic approach to tackling the rot through adequate funding, notwithstanding the dwindling revenue accruals.

“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,” Ngige added.

The ASUU chairman had clearly stated that the strike has NOT been called off. His words;

“We have not suspended the strike, the discussion will continue at a later date. We are going back to our members for further consultation. FG gave us reaction to our proposals but there were still grey areas that we are trying to
sort out. “Before the strike can be suspended, the most critical area that FG must address is revitalization. It is central to our academic work, unless that area is addressed, our members will still have issues. We are not demanding for N50bn, we are saying that the minimum that FG can release to reactivate revitalization fund is N50bn.”

SUMMARY:

THE Federal Government, yesterday, failed in its efforts to convince the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to end the ongoing strike despite initial matching order for its representative at a meeting with the lecturer body to that effect. After about four hours of the meeting held at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, led by the Minister,Senator Chris Ngige,the end result was deadlock.

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