Malam Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, has been given a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to end the protracted industrial action that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other university-based unions have started.
Following briefings from the various government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) participating in the ongoing efforts to end the standoff with the university unions, the President issued the order on Tuesday.
In order to learn more about why the strike had continued for so long, Buhari had summoned them.
On February 14, ASUU began a one-month warning strike, and other unions soon followed suit in protest of what they claimed was the federal government’s failure to satisfy their demands.
After Tuesday’s briefing, the President ordered the education minister to ensure that the areas of disagreements were sorted out within two weeks and report back to him.
Sources at the meeting also said 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.