Strike: NUT Gives FG, ASUU 2 Weeks Ultimatum

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Thursday gave a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to resolve the strike embarked upon by university lecturers since 1 July.

The NUT President, Mr Michael Olukoya, gave the ultimatum in Abuja at the end of the union’s meeting with teachers’ representatives across the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ASUU, had on July 1, embarked on a strike it described as “comprehensive, total and indefinite”.

The lecturers are protesting the non-implementation of some issues, contained in an agreement the union had entered into with the Federal Government since 2009.

Olukoya said that members of the union would not hesitate to close down the nation’s schools, if the two parties failed to reach agreement after two weeks.

He described the current ASUU strike “as nationalistic, patriotic and self-sacrificing.

“We will not hesitate to shut down the education system in the country, if the government fails to fulfil or honour the agreement it entered into with the lecturers.”

The NUT president said that Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo’s call for a complete over-haul of teachers’ qualification as unacceptable to the NUT.

He said that the blame should be put on the doorsteps of the employers and not teachers.

“NUT will forever be proud of all its teachers, believing that all employment agencies are corruption-free, disciplined and quality conscious in their employment drives.”

Olukoya also urged the governors of Kogi, Benue and Cross River to honour the agreement they made with teachers on the payment of 27.5 per cent teachers salary structure.

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  • All federal and state government officials should authorized by law to send the kids to any government school, and if not adhered to, they should be whipped to death......thats a starting point. Am out of here

  • NUT are u adding salt to injury or what? FG shud see how to settle lecturers but lecturers wont be paid for these months de were striking so as to discourage striking as d only way for protestin.

  • fg shld not pay dis kind of strikn lecturers 4 d whole period & see wether there can ever adopt strike as their means of negotiatn wit fg any longer, meanwhile d fg shld ready to welcom any class of degree 4rm any caniber of studnt 4 employment as a result of paralised educatnal systm in nigeria nd stop makn fun upon students wit nonsense comments of 'unemployable graduate' b/c dia children re been sent oversees. Only hell headmasters re leadin nigeria!

  • No matter how much we talk, no watter what we say, both FG nd ASUU knows what they can do. All we need is God intervention, nd no other bodies intervention, be it the NUT or anybody. But remember(FG nd ASUU), as much as u are wasting d precious time of youths dat are readi to b useful 4 dis country 4 gud, u will pay 4 it one way or d oda. Goodluck 2 u ooooooooooooooo.

  • My heart goes to the Nigerian youth, sometimes I wonder where this country will be 10 yrs 4rm now. Nigerians have bcom a chess game in the hands of d govt. They know when to strike. They are probably mocking Asuu dt they will call off d strike when they're tired , so Asuu no going back.

  • our leaders are stil far 4rm God dats y de affairs of dis country dos nt border dem, My God wil pay dem accordinly jst ninteen days night vigil and fasting, i dnt realy blem d handrobers, h assasin, kidnapers, is jst lack of no job,and long lasting strick dat lead our youth into idleness, dey should hav bin kindnapin our politicians.