Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has revealed how his administration resolved four-month-old Academic Staff Union of University’s strike while he was president of the country.
The former leader who gave the expose in the wake of the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities disclosed that he had to preside over the meeting with the striking union for the strike to be called off.
Speaking at the Birthday ceremony of Mathew Kukah the Bishop of Sokoto Archdiocese, Jonathan said his presence at the meeting helped to quickly resolve the strike.
“The society we are managing is quite complex. Yes, I was the president and I tried my best. Now, we are talking about ASUU strike. During my time too, ASUU had four months of strike. Different committees were meeting but nothing was working. I said ‘How can our children stay out of school for four good months?” Jonathan said at the event.
“So, I had to call a meeting of all the leadership of ASUU. I presided over the meeting with my vice president. The Attorney General was there. I said that that night we must solve the problem. The Attorney General was there; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was there; the ministers of education were there; the labour ministers were there; the finance ministers and everybody that had to do with it [strike].
“And I thought that my being there would help us to do things quickly. But we spent the whole night. We finished like 5:30 am and the strike was called off. So, there were issues,” Jonathan said.
Recall that the lecturers on Wednesday revealed that they haven’t officially met with the minister of education since the industrial action commenced. The lecturers claimed that they’ve only officially met with the Chief of staff.