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Jonathan Reveals How He Tackled ASUU Strike In One Day


Aug 31, 2022

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed how he ended the industrial action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

According to Jonathan, he had to call a meeting of all the leadership of ASUU because students were at home for four months.

Jonathan further stated that he presided over the meeting personally, adding that the vice president and Attorney General were in the meeting.

The elder statesman noted that he insisted that the issue causing the strike must end that night.

He added that the meeting also had the presence of other top ministers in his administration.

The former President revealed this on Wednesday in Abuja at the 70th birthday celebration of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah.

He said, “The society we are managing is complex, now we are talking about ASUU strike, during my time too, ASUU had four months of the strike, different committees were meeting and meeting and nothing was working. I said how can our children stay out of school for four months? 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, Second to the Government of the Federation was there, the ministers of education were there, the labour ministers were there the finance ministers, everybody that has to do with it.

“And I thought that my being there would help us to do things quickly. But we spent the whole night before we finished at like 5:30 am Before we concluded and the strike was called off, so there were issues.”

This article was originally published on Naija News