- All eyes are on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and decisively the prolonged ASUU industrial action
- In line with the general expectation of Nigerians, especially the university community, the president convened a crucial meeting on Friday, September 16
- A former presidential media aide, Bashir Ahmed, revealed that the meeting was attended by some pro-chancellors of federal universities
According to one of President Buhari's former media aides, Basir Ahmad, the venue of the meeting is State House, Abuja.
Ahmad announced this on Friday, September 16, via Twitter:
"President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with selected members of the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of the Federal Universities, at the State House, Abuja."
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The closed-door talk is connected with Buhari's move to end the prolonged strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
During the meeting, Buhari vowed to engage in further consultations with relevant stakeholders, towards ending the protracted strike.
“I will make further consultations, and I’ll get back to you. As president and Commander-in-Chief, as father of the nation, and as Visitor to the Federal universities.”
The president, speaking further, noted that “the future of university system in the country is good.”
He drew attention to the recent listing of the University of Ibadan among the first 1,000 universities across the globe.
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Recall that President Buhari had reportedly set up a new committee to look into the demands of the striking lecturers.
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The lecturers' union had been on strike since February over the revitalisation of public universities, payment of earned academic allowances, and the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) for payment of university lecturers’ salaries, among others.
Amid the strike, the government had invoked the ‘No work, no pay’ policy, insisting that the lecturers would not be paid for the period they stayed away from work.