Buhari orders Chris Ngige to settle all ASUU strike issues today

Buhari orders Chris Ngige to settle all ASUU strike issues today

January 21, 2019 2 By gospel

Buhari orders Chris Ngige to settle all ASUU strike issues today

Buhari orders Chris Ngige…President Muhammadu Buhari has commanded the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to bring to an end the three-month-old strike by Nigerian university teachers at the current deliberations with the teachers.

Buhari orders Chris Ngige to settle all ASUU strike issues today

Ngige declared this in a statement delivered during the restarted negotiation with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday. The statement by the Assistant Director, Press at the ministry, Rhoda Illiya, expressed that the president told the minister that the strike must be disannulled at the closing of the meeting on Monday. The university lecturers went on an indefinite strike on November 4, requesting improved funding of universities and execution of previous agreements with the government.

However, on this matter, Ngige commented thus;

“Mr. President has directed me to pass the night here until all issues that have kept our children away from school are resolved and the strike called off. The president has also directed me to impress upon you, the imperative of little sacrifice from all sides, knowing fully well that the revenue of the Federation has dwindled from what it was before the present administration assumed office.”

He declared that the President was “touched” by the trending and overwhelming crisis in the university system, and as such, his unshaken commitment is targeted at a:

“holistic approach to tackling the rot through adequate funding, notwithstanding the dwindling accruals. The president told me to assure you of his determination to reposition our universities as he would do everything possible to cast the present challenges in our tertiary education to the dustbin of history,” Ngige opinionated.

The union had requested the government to release N50 billion to actually prove its steadfastness to the revitalization of public universities, in accordance with past agreements with them. The striking lecturers gave this as one of the conditions for giving up the strike.

The ASUU representative landed for yesterday’s deliberations at the ministry some minutes before 4:00 p.m. The meeting, which took place at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja, is not the maiden edition since the commencement of the strike.  Prior to yesterday’s meeting, the two parties held at the minimum six other meetings. See how Atiku plans to privatize NNPC