- The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, has dashed the hope of the over six months ASUU strike coming to an end soon as he denied getting two weeks ultimatum from President Buhari
- Contrary to what Chris Ngige, the minister of Labour and Employment, told the media, Adamu said he was only directed by the president to end the strike within the shortest time
- Adamu hinted that 5 of the university-based unions would likely call off their strikes in one week's time but was not certain about ASUU
FCT, Abuja - The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, has said he was not given two weeks ultimatum by President Muhammadu Buhari to resolve the ongoing strike by the academic staff union of universities.
In the face of the lingering industrial action by the academics, the minister, on Thursday, August 18, during the ministerial briefing in Abuja, disclosed this to state house correspondents, Channels TV reported.
Contrary to what the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, told the media, Adamu said the president told him to resolve the industrial action within the shortest possible period of time.
The minister reiterated its position that the government would not succumb to ASUU’s demand that its members be paid the backlog of salaries withheld within the six months of their strike, adding that it is the penalty for their action.
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He also made it known that 5 of the university-based unions would likely call off their industrial action within a week but were uncertain about ASUU.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that university lecturers under the umbrella of ASUU, in a response to President Muhammadu Buhari's directive to the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, said the two weeks ultimatum is too long.
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The academia added that they are willing to resume classes in two days if the federal government immediately honours the agreement it had with the union.
The union president, Emmanuel Osodeke, added that if politicians' children attend Nigerian public universities, their strike will not last 2 days.