Monday, November 4, 2013

BREAKING: “Let’s Hope ASUU Strike Ends Today” – Goodluck Jonathan

There have been indications that after today's meeting between
President Goodluck Jonathan and the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU), the four month strike of the lecturers may
finally end.
A closed-door meeting has started on Monday at 2:40 pm inside the
First Lady Conference Room, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
It has in attendance the President, Vice President, Namadi Sambo;
Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Secretary to the
Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim; Supervising Minister of
Education, Nyesom Wike; and Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu among
The ASUU is presented by its Chairman, Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge, Prof.
Abdulahi Sule-Kano, Prof. Dipo Fashina and Prof. Festus Iyayi, Prof.
Suleiman Abdul, and Prof. Abdullahi Sule-Kano. President of the
Nigeria Labour Congress, Abdulawahid Omar and that of the Trade Union
Congress, Bobboi Kaigama, are also there.
Indication that the strike that is now into its 5th month may be
resolved has emerged when the President stated, while shaking hands
with Fagge:
"My president, I hope it will end today. Our children have suffered
enough. We must find a solution."
All those in attendance responded with a loud "amen."
When greeting the NLC President, Abdulwahab Omar, Jonathan said:
"My president with you around today, there will be no problem, our
agreement is signed, sealed and delivered."
This is the first meeting between the lecturers and Jonathan since the
beginning of the strike. The Presidency took over negotiations with
the striking lecturers September 19, with the Vice-President Namadi
Sambospearheading the FG side.
The lecturers were seen meeting among themselves in their bus during
the break that has started at 6.30 pm. No details of there discussion
have been yet made known.

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