After a deadlocked meeting between the representatives of the Federal Government and those of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday, President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday took steps that might bring the lingering strike to an end soon.
The President on Tuesday directed the two Federal Government committees negotiating ASUU’s requests to employ immediate measures that would end the industrial action.
The President’s instruction was made known by the Chairman of the Universities Needs Implementation Committee, Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue State after a closed-door meeting of the two committees and other stakeholders with President Jonathan at the State House.in Abuja.
Those at the meeting included Vice-President Namadi Sambo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim were in attendance at the meeting.
Also in attendance were, Ministers of Education, Prof. Ruqayyat Rufai, Labour, Emeka Wogu, the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okogie and the Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadome.
Governor Suswam disclosed to State House correspondents that the meeting was convened by the President in order to take some “decisions that would end the strike’’.
Suswam said the President has shown a lot of commitments to flagging off projects worth about N100 billion in all the universities in the country, about 61 of them.
“He has instructed us on what to do. So, we are hoping that we will be able to see the end of the strike very soon. At the end of the day, we hope ASUU is satisfied with the measures that have so far been taken.
The Benue State Governor also disclosed that the federal government will meet with the Universities Councils and Vice Chancellors of universities later in the week in order to update them on some of the decisions taken.
He said the Federal Government has approved about N 100 billion to his committee to address infrastructure deficit in all the Universities.