President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has directed Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, to resolve the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other university-based unions.
ASUU went on strike on February 14, and other unions joined them to protest the federal government’s alleged inability to meet their demands.
Buhari issued the directive on Tuesday, following briefings from the relevant government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) involved in the ongoing efforts to end the standoff with university unions.
The president summoned them to learn more about why the strike had lasted so long.
After Tuesday’s briefing, the President ordered the education minister to ensure that the areas of disagreement were sorted out within two weeks and report back to him.
Buhari directed that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige must be in any of the meetings to resolve the crisis.
The sources 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.
In attendance at the meeting were the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu, 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, 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.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) announced a nationwide protest on July 26 and 27 in solidarity with trade unions in Nigerian public universities and others.
Mr. Ayubaa Wabba, President of the NLC, stated this in a circular signed on Sunday in Abuja by Mr. Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary of the Congress.
The July 15 circular was addressed to the Chairpersons and Secretaries of NLC State Councils.