ASUU strike: Buhari didn’t give minister 2-week ultimatum to end strike – FG

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 ASUU Strike News Update Today July 21, 2022: Latest ASUU news on Resumption, ASUU strike update today

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the government have been engaged in a protracted dispute, which the presidency has referred to as untrue media and stated that Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, was given two weeks to resolve all issues.

The issue “ought to be beyond spin-doctoring and conjectures,” according to the presidency, which criticised the unnamed individuals who provided incorrect information to the media.

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed in a statement on Wednesday in an exclusive interview with   that Mr. Buhari has instructed the Minister of Labour and Employment, , to leave the ongoing negotiations with ASUU.

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“The conclusion of the meeting held by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday with relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to terminate the agitations by university unions ought to be beyond spin-doctoring and conjectures,” the statement says in part. It is unfortunate that practically all media outlets allowed themselves to be misled by vested interests who are not authorised government spokespersons.

“The Minister of Education was not given an ultimatum either during or after the meeting. The Minister of Education asked the Minister of Labor to transfer the negotiation during the meeting so that he could take charge and finish what he had earlier begun with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Additionally, he assured her that he could obtain a deal in the least amount of time—possibly two to three weeks.

In addition, Mr. Shehu said Mr. Adamu would bring along “necessary ministries and agencies with statutory functions and duties connected to the issues concerned.”

What is the FG saying about the ongoing ASUU strike? 

The government has stated that it is hopeful that the situation would be addressed quickly while also pleading with all parties involved to have an open mind.

The Presidency is optimistic that agreements can be made in even less time if all parties/stakeholders are not overly intractable, Mr. Shehu continued. We urge the parties to cooperate in order to put an end to the strikes.

“On the part of the administration, all avenues remain open for discussion and problem-solving.

The administration has advised the media to refrain from disseminating false information about the ASUU situation.

The statement read, “The organised media narratives trying to offer an altogether different picture, credited to sources, in the previous 24 hours are not helpful at all.”

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