After five months forced recess for university students, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally stepped into the situation, by giving 2-weeks ultimatum to Adamu to end ASUU strike.
With this step, there seems to be little shiny light at the end of the tunnel linking students to their universities, as the PMB big stick into the prolonged strikes by lecturers in tertiary institutions would yield results.
PMB gave the 2-week ultimatum to Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu to resolve the Academics Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) prolonged strike and give feedback or face his otherside.
He gave the ultimatum today, Tuesday 19 July 2022, after he received briefings from the relevant government Ministries, Agencies and Departments involved in resolving the face-off with the university unions.
It would recalled that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), embarked on one month warning strike on February 14, and other unions also withdrew their services after that as a result of the alleged inability of the Federal Government to meet up with their demands.
The three other unions that embarked on strike are 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).
In the meeting held today, after hearing from the relevant MDA’s directly involved, PMB ordered the Minister of Education to ensure that the impasse was resolved within two weeks and report back to him.
Sources at the meeting also said that 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 further said that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha should be part of the team to interface with the striking unions.
Those at the meeting were 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 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