The Federal Government has called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to consider the plights of students and call off the strike that has lasted over six months.
Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Nanah Opiah, made the call in Owerri while fielding questions from journalists.
“The issue now is that government insists that it cannot pay for the six months the lecturers did not go to work. The policy of “No Work No Pay” is a global practice and not a witch-hunt”.
The minister said the Federal Government had met all the demands made by ASUU, even as he noted that N50bn was earmarked to meet up with the earned allowances.
However, the Minister expressed optimism that with the recent suspension of strike by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and other Associated Institutions (NASU) on Saturday, the industrial action by ASUU would be over soon.
Reporting by Daniel Adejo; editing by Muzha Kucha