Education minister flies out of Nigeria during strike

Amid the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Education Minister Adamu Adamu is said to be out of the country, The PUNCH learned reliably.

A very reliable source announced this on Thursday in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja.

While the source has not disclosed the country the minister went to nor the reason for the trip, it was revealed that the minister is expected to return to the country on September 2, 2022.

Our correspondent had sought to inquire about the government’s plans regarding ASUU’s ongoing strike.

But the source said: “The supervising minister (Adamu Adamu) who is now in charge of the negotiations is currently out of the country. He is expected to be back on September 2. From now on, he is one with all the details.”

Education Ministry spokesman Ben Goong did not immediately respond to questions from The PUNCH as to the details of the minister’s travels.

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The PUNCH reports that ASUU had announced the start of an indefinite strike at the University of Lagos on Monday, February 14, 2022.

The union cited many reasons why it decided to go on strike. The national union president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, summed up the union’s demands during the press briefing.

Some of the demands include the release of a university revitalization fund; release of earned allowances for teachers; release the report of the visitation panels to universities; deployment of the University System Transparency Accountability for the payment of salaries and allowances for university lecturers; renegotiation of, among others, the ASUU-FGN 2009 agreement.

In an effort to end the strike, Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige had led conciliatory meetings between the union and the government.

However, the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) a few weeks ago, ordered the education minister, Adamu Adamu, to take over the negotiations.

Adamu had recently commented in a press conference that the government would not pay the union for the months it didn’t work.

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However, the union has remained adamant.

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