ASUU Strike:  Profer Solution in Two Weeks – President Buhari to Adamu

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to present a solution to the problem and report back to him in two weeks due to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) protracted strike.

The President issued the order on Tuesday during a meeting with the appropriate government Ministries, Agencies, and Departments (MDAs), where he was briefed on a number of problems, including the ongoing dispute with the university unions that has been going on since February 14.

The president’s instruction came a week after he advised the university lecturers on strike that “enough is enough” and that they should, as a matter of responsibility, reevaluate their stance on the protracted strike to call it off.

While briefings with the ministers are not unusual for the president, it was noted that President Buhari gave the topic of ending the ongoing ASUU strike a high priority.

In addition to the directive to the minister of education, the president mandated that Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, and Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation, be present at all meetings to hasten the resolution of the situation.

Those present at the meeting include Adamu, Ngige, and Mustapha, as well as the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami; the Head of Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan; the Chairman of National Salaries Income and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta; and the Director-General Budget Office, Ben Akabueze.

ASUU had, on February 14, embarked on a nationwide strike over the adoption of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) of the government as the payment system in the university sector.

Members had also criticised the poor funding of universities, non-payment of salaries and allowances of some of their colleagues, as well as the inability of the government to pay earned academic allowance to lecturers, among other issues.

Numerous talks between the union and the government have resulted in an impasse since the strike started.

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