Amid unresolved issues between the Buhari government and members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has jetted out of Nigeria.
It is gathered that the minister is expected to be back in the country on September 2, 2022.
Recall that the ongoing ASUU strike started February 14 and three weeks ago, extended it for another four weeks that would terminate next Monday.
The union is demanding the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Following a meeting with the union last week, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said every demand of the union has been met, except that its members won’t receive arrears of the strike period.
The minister’s trip has further dragged the reconciliation moves by the government without meaningful offers to resolve the strike
Meanwhile, ASUU plans to declare an indefinite strike on 29 August, backed by its branches in federal and state universities, to escalate an industrial action that began on 14 February after all warnings failed to yield any result.
However, the Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria has denied proposing N10,000 for each parent as a contribution to ending the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The PTA National President, Alhaji Danjuma Haruna, had dismissed the claim in a statement made available to journalists on Friday, August 26, 2022, in Kaduna.
His statement partly reads; “We are not involved in any statements related to paying money to ASUU for them to call off the ongoing strike.
“Our stand since the inception of the strike is for both ASUU and Federal Government to come to an agreement to end the strike, but not to contribute money to pay ASUU,” Haruna said.
He said the PTA believed that negotiation remained the best option for resolving the six-month-old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The PTA president, therefore, appealed to the federal government and ASUU to as a matter of urgency reach an agreement, because the strike had affected millions of students and their lecturers in many ways.