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Buhari gives Adamu 2-weeks to resolve varsity unions strike


Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari told Mallam Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, two weeks to find a solution to the ongoing strike initiated by the four university-based unions and report back to him.

Don't forget that on Monday, unions in the airline and banking industries threatened to join the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, in the demonstration scheduled for the following Tuesday and Wednesday against the government's unwillingness to end the strike by university faculty.

Over the course of five months, four unions within the university system went on strike after the government failed to address their demands. These unions included the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) demands the removal of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and the implementation of the University, Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS); non-academic staff unions request the implementation of the University Peculiar Payroll and Payment System (U3PS or UPPPS).

Parents under the auspices of NAPTAN welcomed the president's instruction as a big relief, but ASUU questioned the government's commitment to ending the strike.

Despite this, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which has been organizing a protest against the government for the coming week, said it supported the ultimatum set to the education ministry and would welcome anything it thought was necessary to resolve the crisis among university workers.

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