President Muhammadu Buhari gives Minister of Education, marching orders to end industrial actions by university-based unions
Written by News Room on July 20, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday gave the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu marching orders to end the industrial actions by university-based unions within two to three weeks.
The President also directed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, to hands off negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Ngige’s role will only be limited to a conciliator when it is necessary.
The President met with some ministers and heads of Federal Government agencies involved in the negotiations at the Presidential Villa.
He ordered Adamu to henceforth coordinate, lead talks and harmonise terms with ASUU immediately.
Adamu was also mandated to meet with the National Salaries and Wages Commission to work out payment details for the striking lecturers.
ASUU said it was open to considering the 100 per cent pay rise being proposed by the Federal Government. The union, however, said the government was yet to reach out to it on the new pay offer.