As we are aware, the nationwide strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) entered day three today, bringing all academic activities on university campuses to a halt. ASUU embarked on what it called 'an indefinite, total and comprehensive strike' on Monday following the refusal of the Federal Government (FG) to implement the Agreement they had in 2009 even after its two-week warning-strike in September. Now, the Federal Government is pleading with the lecturers to resume dialogue with it and at the same time, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has stepped in between ASUU and the Federal Government. NANS is appealing to both parties to return to the negotiation table in order to find an amicable solution to the industrial dispute, which has kept them off classes.The Education Minister, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa'i, is pleading with ASUU 'to understand the situation.' Her words: 'I have pleaded and I am pleading with my brothers and sisters in ASUU, as colleagues, to understand the situation in the interest of all and youths in particular.'
Minister of Education: Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa'i