ASUU Strike Will End Soon, FG Assures
By: George Agba on July 31, 2013 - 6:36pm
The federal government hinted on Wednesday that following "serious negotiations" it has made with aggrieved lecturers, the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will soon come to an end.
Disclosing this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku who appealed to both parents and university students to be patient with government and show more understanding, added that since the industrial action began, the federal government had been seriously disturbed over the social costs that would be incurred by the disruption of academic calendar.
Maku said, "The federal government has been far more worried than you think concerning the strike in tertiary institutions, because of the disruption of the school calendar. And so government is concerned and very worried. From the onset, government has been negotiating with ASUU through the ministry of labour and productivity and the ministry of education. As at today, we know that these negotiations are going on and it is our expectation that this strike will not get more protracted and that an understanding will be reached soon enough to enable our students return back to school.
“So, we are appealing to our people, particularly, parents and children of this nation to bear with us, to show more understanding and we pray that this type of strike will not re-occur, because the public school system suffers a lot of damage with the perennial strikes. The universities have been relatively stable since the advent of this administration.