President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to do all in his power to end the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Ngige made the order of the president known during the resumption of negotiation with the leadership of ASUU on Monday.
Mr. Rhoda Illiya, the Assistant Director, Press at the ministry, said that President Buhari has mandated the minister to put to an end the three month strike.
“Mr President has directed me to pass the night here until all issues that have kept our children away from school are resolved and the strike called off.
“The president has also directed me to impress upon you, the imperative of little sacrifice from all sides, knowing fully well that the revenue of the Federation has dwindled from what it was before the present administration assumed office,” Ngige said.
He said Buhari was concerned by the prevailing crisis in the university system, reason for his steady commitment to a “holistic approach to tackling the rot through adequate funding, notwithstanding the dwindling accruals.
Naija News understands that ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike last year after the federal government failed to heed the call of the union for more funding and the refusal to implementation of previous agreements union.