Nigeria: FG Moves To End ASUU Strike

The minister of education, Prof Ruqayyatu Rufa’I, has said that the the federal government will on Monday meet with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to resolve the ongoing strike.

The minister said this on Thursday during the visit of all vice-chancellors from federal universities to her office. She promised that ASUU would call off the strike at the end of the meeting, adding that most of the demands of the union had been met by the government.

She said that the federal government had had several meetings with members of ASUU, adding that the federal government was concerned about the development.

According to her, ‘We have been talking and discussing with our members of ASUU and today after our meeting with the vice-chancellors, we are going to meet again with ASUU on Monday and it is our desire and hope that after the meeting, ASUU would call of the strike because government is working and we are meeting most of their demands.’

A bill has been passed on Wednesday, extending the retirement age of lecturers from 65 to 70 years as a way of addressing the demands of ASUU. But the nationwide strike by the organised labour took centre stage early this year which prevented the issues of the ASUU strike from being addressed.

The strike was declared across the nation by ASUU since December 4, 2011 over non-implementation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement.

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