Sunday, 24 November 2013

Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala appealed to ASUU to suspend strike

Nigerian Minister of Finance [ Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala  ] has appealed to  the striking  Academic Staff Union of Universities [ ASUU ] to end their  five [ 5 ] month old industrial action.
The minister revealed this  at the Oduduwa University where she was conferred with a Honourary Degree in Accounting.
She said, “I am appealing to striking lecturers [ASUU] to call off the strike in the interest of the students. The Federal government, on its part, is committed to solve the rot in the sector of Education. The Federal Government has meet most of the demands made by ASUU.
“Federal Government has set aside Two hundred and twenty billion [N220bn] yearly for the tertiary institutions development in the country. This is part of steps by the President Jonathan administration to develop the education sector.”
Meanwhile ASUU is expected to reveal the decision reached at its NEC in Kano on Saturday to President Jonathan on Monday.
Information that leaked to reporters depict that the striking  Union may not call of the strike after all as certain sections of the group are calling for increased compensation and increased allowances.

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