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Buhari Directs Education Minister to End ASUU Strike Within Two Weeks

President Buhari has ordered the education minister and relevant federal ministries, departments, and agencies to resolve all the outstanding with the striking lecturers within two weeks.

He particularly ordered the education minister, Adamu Adamu to take charge, to end dispute with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to facilitate the re-opening of the federal universities.

Buhari directs that all the outstanding issues in the stalled negotiations must be resolved within two weeks.

He asks the minister to meet with the national salaries and wages commission to work out the financial implications of the agreements and its payment schedule.

Buhari directed Adamu to report back to him within the two week deadline.

The president issues the directive on Tuesday, at a meeting with the minister and other relevant ministers at the presidential villa, Abuja, where he was updated on the stalled negotiations with ASUU and other university based unions.

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Others at the meeting apart from Adamu, were ministers of finance, communication and digital economy, as well as head of the service of the federation.

Others at the meeting were the chairman of the national salaries, income and wages and the director of national budget office.

Meanwhile, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has rejected the two week deadline issued by President Buhari to relevant federal government’s ministries and agencies to end the more than five month old strike of public university lecturers.

But the ASUU president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke speaking on a television programme hours later said the two-week deadline was too long since the negotiations had been concluded between the union and government.

According to Osodeke, federal government would have resolved the more than five month old strike within two days, if the children of its top officials and the Nigerian elite, are attending federal universities.

Osodeke also says that the funds required to reposition federal universities are far below the 1.6 trillion naira which Nigerians paid in 2021 to finance the education of their children in foreign universities.

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