NUT Gives FG 2 Weeks Grace To End ASUU Strike

Channels Television  
Updated September 28, 2013

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has issued a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to end the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The NUT President, Comrade Michael Olukoya, stated this at the end of the union’s meeting in Abuja.

ASUU had since July 1, embarked on a strike to protest the non-implementation of an agreement they entered into with the Federal Government in 2009.

Comrade Olukoya said members of the union would not hesitate to close down the nation’s schools, if the two parties failed to reach agreement after two weeks.

He described the  ASUU strike as  patriotic

Since July 1negotiations between  ASUU and the Federal Government has come  to nought with talks breaking down and no concrete agreement reached.

The federal government negotiating team claims the amount ASUU is requesting is not feasible as the Federal government cannot afford it according to the Finance Minister Dr. Okonjo-Iweala.

It was also speculated that the lingering ASUU strike which has run into months now led to the recent sack of Education Minister Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufai, when the President sacked Nine of his ministers.

Nigerians are hoping however that the intervention of President Jonathan into the talks with ASUU will yield some positive result sooner than later as students of Nigerian Universities are getting impatient and they have been showing it with protests being staged in the different parts of the nation to drive home their point.