In order to discuss the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, President Muhammadu Buhari met with supporters of federal university chancellors.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the Nigerian president met with the Chairman and a few of the Pro-Chancellors of Federal Universities on Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari stated that his administration would continue to speak with the ASUU leadership in an effort to put an end to the seven-month strike.
In order to end the ongoing industrial action without necessarily rejecting existing policy, President Buhari further pledged to meet with the pertinent parties.
“I will make further consultations, and I’ll get back to you,” he said.
Professor Nimi Briggs, the delegation’s head, stated that the Pro-Chancellors had come to meet with the President in order to find a long-term solution to the ongoing ASUU strike.
Briggs claimed that despite the seven-month strike, the country’s university system had a bright future as a result of the University of Ibadan’s inclusion in the top 1,000 universities in the world.
He applauded the Federal Government for the concessions previously given to the academics on strike, including the pledge to increase pay by a total of 23.5% and by 35% for professors.
However, in light of the nation’s economic circumstances, Briggs requested “further inching up of the compensation.”
Additionally, he requested that the government reconsider its No-Work, No-Pay policy, assuring that lecturers would make up for any lost time as soon as an amicable resolution was achieved and schools reopened.
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