Emmanuel Osodeke, President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU, has hinted that the union's 8-month-long strike may be called off at any time.
On Monday, October 10, Osodeke told reporters that he had met with the leadership of the House of Representatives, led by House Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila. He thanked President Buhari for his intervention, saying there was light at the end of the tunnel.
He did, however, criticize the labour minister, Chris Ngige, and the education minister, Adamu Adamu, for their poor handling of the crisis.
“Please, let all of us work together to put a beautiful end to this end to this thing we have started so that every Nigerian will be proud that we have universities we can be proud of.
Once again, I want to thank you. I also extend our appreciation to the president for intervening, I want to appeal that in the future, we should not allow strikes to linger. The strike should not go beyond two days.
For the first time, we have seen light at the end of the tunnel.
If the way the national assembly intervened if had done that long ago, or if those in charge of labour and education had done exactly this, we would not be where we are today.
We would not have stayed more than two or three weeks on this strike. There is strike all over the world — UK, US, all over — but they don’t allow it to last.
So, once again, thank you very much and we hope that working together, in the next few days, we can put an end to this particular imbroglio in the Nigerian educational system.” he added.
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