President Buhari Gives Education Minister Two Weeks To Resolve ASSU Issues

President Muhammadu Buhari has given Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, a two-week final order to resolve the issues surrounding the ongoing 5-month strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Recall that ASSU has been on strike since February 14th this year to compel the government to fulfill a number of demands.

President Buhari issued the order on Tuesday after receiving briefings from Agencies, Ministries, and Departments of government involved in the disagreement with the striking university unions.

He also directed that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, should be present in any future meetings to resolve the crisis.

The officials That attendance at the meeting were the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Ngige, and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

Other officials at the meeting were the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Chairman of the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta, and the Director-General Budget Office, Ben Akabueze.

Some of the demands made by ASUU include payments of salary arrears, better working conditions, renegotiation of the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement, payment of earned academic allowances, funds for the revitalization of public universities, and promotion arrears, and poor funding of state universities.

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