Worried by the lingering strike embarked upon by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday directed Labour & Employment Minister Chris Ngige to resolve the dispute between the union and the Federal Government.
Dr. Ngige, who spoke at the resumed negotiation meeting between the government and the union, said the President was concerned about the continued stay at home of students and has directed that the strike be brought to an immediate end.
The minister said: “The President has directed me to pass the night here until all issues that have kept our children away from school are resolved and strike called off.
He has also directed me to impress upon you, the imperative of little sacrifice from all sides, knowing full well that the revenue of the federation has dwindled from what it was before the present administration assumed office.”
The minister further said: “President Buhari is greatly worried about the situation in the university system, hence, his steady and holistic approach to tackling the rot through adequate funding, notwithstanding the dwindling revenue 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.”