Nigeria Govt in talks with ASUU on strike – Maku

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Abuja — THE Federal Government has expressed worry at the distortion in school calendar as a result of the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, strike, saying that it is committed to the speedy resolution of the crisis for the sake of Nigerian students.

Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, told State House correspondents at the end of yesterday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting that government was committed to “serious negotiations” with the university lecturers.

He appealed to students and parents to bear with government and show more understanding as efforts are being made to resolve the contending issues very soon.

He said: “The Federal Government has been far more worried than you think concerning the strike in tertiary institutions, because of the disruption of the school calendar and so government is concerned and very worried.

“Since the onset of the strike, government has been negotiating with ASUU through the Ministry of Labour and Productivity and the Ministry of Education.

“We know that these negotiations are going on and it is our expectation that this strike will not get more protracted and that an understanding will be reached soon.”

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