Strike: Buhari begs ASUU, asks students to be patient

By our reporter| President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to consider the plight of students and call off the ongoing strike.

The president who made the call at the 19th National Productivity Day Celebration at the state house conference centre, Abuja, also called on the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to exercise patience as the federal government works on resolving the crisis.

Buhari further explained that he had, on February 1, directed Ibrahim Gambari, his chief of staff; Adamu Adamu, minister of education; and Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, to work together to address the concerns of the union.

ASUU on Monday, extended the industrial action by another 12 weeks.

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The decision was reached after a meeting of the union’s national executive council (NEC) on Sunday at its University of Abuja secretariat.

The union had said since the president issued the directive, no meeting had been held by the concerned officials to resolve the crisis.

The president of the union, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke who made the disclosure in a statement he issued after an emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the association at the University of Abuja on Sunday, said the decision was to give the government enough time to resolve all outstanding issues with the lecturers.

“After extensive deliberations, noting the Government’s failure to live up to its responsibilities and speedily address all the issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA) within the additional eight-week roll–over strike period declared on 14th March 2022, NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for twelve weeks to give Government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues,” the ASUU president’s statement read.

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