Malam Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, has been granted two weeks to put an end to the protracted industrial action that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other university-based unions have started.
Following briefings from the various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) involved in the ongoing efforts to address the strike problem with the university unions, President Buhari issued the ultimatum on Tuesday.
To learn more about why the strike had continued for too long, the President had summoned them.
Following the briefing, Buhari gave the education minister the go-ahead to resolve the points of contention within two weeks and report back to him.
Recall that on February 14, ASUU began a one-month warning strike, and other unions joined them in protest of what they claimed was the federal government’s unwillingness to satisfy their demands.
According to sources, Buhari ordered that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, should be a member of the team to communicate with the striking unions and that Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, must attend any meetings to resolve the crisis.
Malam Adamu, the minister of education, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget, and national planning, and Senator Chris Ngige, the minister of labor and employment, were all present at the meeting.
Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Chairman of the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta, and Ben Akabueze, the Director-General of the Budget Office, are among the others.