Government apologizes to students, parents over long-term ASUU strike
The Federal Government apologized to Nigerian students and parents on Friday for the lengthy strike called by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
The leadership of public university teachers suspended their eight-month strike in the early hours of Friday as a result of the government’s failure to address some of their concerns.
The federal government, through the Ministry of Labour and Employment, expressed gratitude to all Nigerians who contributed in various ways to the negotiations that resulted in the strike’s cancellation.
A statement by the Deputy Director of Press in the Ministry, Olajide Oshundun, assured Nigerians that with the steps the federal government is taking, Nigerian students will be saved from the unpalatable experience of intermittent, prolonged industrial actions in future.
According to the statement, “In a special way, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige expresses gratitude to the Honourable Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and the leadership of the House of Representatives.
“We particularly recognize the patriotic efforts of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, the former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Supo Ayokunle, all members of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) and the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria whose wisdom and intervention raised a ray of hope while the strike was at infancy but for ASUU’s intransigence to negotiation.
“We were forced to migrate the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) created by the 1999 Constitution as amended, for the settlement of industrial disputes because every channel of negotiation including the tripartite plus, in which eminent Nigerians participated failed. We were left with no other option than to trigger Section 17 of the Trade Disputes Act .CAP T8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 on dispute resolution mechanism in seeking the intervention of the National Industrial Court .