By Gift Osaze
those who think that the gate of Nigerian Universities would remain locked for the next government to re-open them would be disappointed. This is because President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress, who is seeking re-election, may not want the Accademic Staff Union of Universities strike to go beyond next week.
Buhari was said to have directed Chris Ngige, a former governor of Anambra state and minister of Labour and productivity, to do everything within his powers to ensure that all areas of conflict with the government were resolved. The President, according to a source in the Ministry of Education is not happy that Nigerian undergraduates are wasting precious time they should be University facing their studies to be engaged by heartless politicians as political thugs. The source disclosed that the President has thrown his weight behind Ngige, the Labor and Productivity that whatever is agreed in their meeting would be binding on the government.
Based on the assurance, the minister was said to have entered the negotiating table with the ASUU leadership with hope to resolve the crisis. A close ASUU source disclosed that the conflict of interest between the Union and government could have been resolved at today’s meeting but some grey areas which they needed a firm commitment from the government. Moreso, the minister want to hold further consultation with the President before making any Commitment that Union would always capitalise on to go strike.
The University Dons had abandoned their chalks and research
The analyst noted that many of the ASSU members are happy for the strike to go on because of their own selfish interest of Consulting for most of the private Universities. or shuttling between Nigeria, United States and the United Kingdom as visiting lecturers while the Nigerian Education systems are dying.
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