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#ASUU Strike: ASUU To Compensate Nigerian Students – Minister

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Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu under President Muhammadu Buhari has said it is the responsibility of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to compensate students for the time wasted during the six-month strike, not the Federal Government.

The Minister stated this at the 47th Session of the State House Ministerial Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, August 18, 2022.

Recall, the ongoing ASUU strike which began on February 14, 2022, before the Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, and Allied Educational Institutions (NASU) National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) joined has entered its 185th day today, August 18, 2022.

Some of the things the union is agitating for include; 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).

The union on August 1, 2022, rolled over the strike for additional four weeks, following alleged failure by the government to address the issue.

This was even after the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), backed by some civil society organisations and students, organised a nationwide solidarity protest supporting ASUU on July 26 and 27, 2022.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered Adamu to work with other officials in his government to resolve the stalemate during a meeting with the relevant Federal Government officials in his office on July 19, 2022.

Despite the President’s directive, there was no fruitful development concerning the issue.

Adamu who is speaking for the first time after the expiration of the president’s directive said the striking lecturers must compensate the students.

He also said the government will not concede to the union’s demand to pay lecturers their emoluments for the six months of no academic activities.

Adamu suggested that the affected students should “take ASUU to court” to claim damages incurred over the strike period.

According to him, the federal government bears no liability to compensate millions of students grounded for six months over lost time.

He also said if the students are determined to get compensated, they should take ASUU to court.

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