Nigeria’s Minister of labor, Chris Ngige, has said that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will soon be called off. He said the federal government was optimistic that the strike would soon be called off to pave way for students to resume academic activities, adding that talks with the union have so far been productive and fruitful.
He said that ASUU has given a list to the office of the accountant-general which will be checked to find out really whether those universities were actually paid and they have to be visited and paid the outstanding lecturers there. So, the accountant general’s office is to come back to us. We have also the issue of earned academic allowance and the issue of revitalization. These are issues of the 2009 agreement. We will look into the consideration and we have identified one area of the fund for revitalization. The federal government organs will be contacted and we do expect that we will have some words for ASUU. Same goes for the earned allowances. We will make sure that the issue of the outstanding amounts is handled in a way that all parties will be properly accommodated.”
Ngige said the federal government through the ministry of education will engage with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to chart a way forward.