How I Tackled ASUU Strike in One Day, Jonathan Drops Powerful Details

How I Tackled ASUU Strike in One Day, Jonathan Drops Powerful Details

  • Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has dropped strong details regarding the way his administration tackled the ASUU strike
  • At the 70th birthday celebration of Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, in Abuja on Wednesday, Jonathan said his administration tackled a four months old strike of ASUU in just one day
  • This is coming days after which ASUU president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke urged the federal government to learn from Jonathan's method in resolving the strike

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has stated how his administration resolved a four-month-old strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in one day, Daily Trust reported.

He made this disclosure on Wednesday, August 31st, in Abuja at the 70th birthday celebration of Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, organised by The Kukah Centre.

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The APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senator Kashim Shettima, Ex-President goodluck Jonathan, Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, ASUU strike
Jonathan speaks on how he tackled ASUU's four months old strike, in just one day. Photo credit: @GEJonathan
Source: Twitter

Jonathan said:

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“The society we are managing is complex, now we are talking about ASUU strike, during my time too, ASUU had four months of strike, different committees were meeting and meeting and nothing was working. I said how can our children stay out of school for four months? So I had to call a meeting of all the leadership of ASUU.
“I presided over the meeting with my vice president, the Attorney General was there, I said that that night we must solve the problem. The Attorney General was there, Second to the Government of the Federation was there, the ministers of education were there, the labor ministers were there the finance ministers, everybody that has to do with it.

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“And I thought that my being there would help us to do things quickly. But we spent the whole night, before we finished on like 5:30am Before we concluded and the strike was called off, so there were issues.”

He noted that Bishop Kukah despite his friendship with leaders also bash them when he feel they were not doing some things right, including himself.

Nigerians react

Nigerians in their reaction on the Facebook page of aired their views regarding Jonathan's approach towards the ASUU strike.

Bakare Motunrayo wrote

"The worst thing u can say to any man is may Buhari happen to u."

Arowolö Ādam II said

"Bola Ahmed Tinubu will tackle it in less than one day."

Abiodun Akintola stated

"HE GEJ was a Lecturer at PHC. HE Buhari is ..... in Daura ? See the difference."

Helen Ugwa Destiny noted

"You are a good president Thiswan we have and his ministers do not care o."

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Obasi Chibuike maintained

"You tackled it but you didn't solve the burning issue, afterall it's a 2009 agreement that was not met that started this."

Onu Bright wrote

"Big lie.
"We were on strike for six months in 2013 during his tenure."

Upuu AondoNguher Jeremiah said

" See who is talking? How many times did ASUU go on strike during your regime? If you resolved the issue why are they still on strike over issues that have been unresolved for decades?

If Buhari's govt does these we'll end strike - ASUU opens up

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has revealed issues the federal government must immediately address to bring the prolonged, nationwide strike to a conclusive end.

In an exclusive interview with Channels TV on Tuesday, August 30, ASUU's president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, noted that first and foremost, the current administration must be transparent and sincere on the lingering issues.

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Osodeke went on to outline steps the government must take to resolve the problems on ground.

Osinbajo reveals how to solve ASUU strike, makes strong demands from APC governors

Meanwhile, Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria, had said authorities at all levels should act fast on the country's problems.

The vice president was reported to have said this on Tuesday, August 30, when the progressives governors paid him a visit over his recent surgery.

During the visit, issues of the ongoing strike by ASUU and the country’s economy topped their discussion, a statement from the state house revealed.


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