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Buhari Gives Education Minister 2-weeks Ultimatum to Resolve ASUU Strike

President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, to end the long-running strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other university-based unions.

President Buhari issued the directive on Tuesday, following briefings from the relevant government Ministries, Agencies, and Departments involved in resolving the dispute with university unions.

Remember that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, went on a one-month warning strike on February 14, and other unions followed suit as a result of the federal government’s apparent failure to meet their demands.

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions, NASU, and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT have also gone on strike.

President Buhari called the meeting on Tuesday to hear a briefing from the government team on the strike, which has been ongoing for far too long.

After hearing from the various MDAs directly engaged, the President directed the Minister of Education to settle the issue within two weeks and report back to him.

According to meeting sources, President Buhari requested that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, attend any meetings to address the problem.

According to the sources, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, should be part of the team interacting with the strike unions.

According to one of the individuals, the President praised Ngige for his efforts so far to resolve the standoff.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Education, Mallam 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 Federation’s Head of Service, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Chairman of the National Salaries, Income, and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta, and the Director-General Budget Office,

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