Jonathan Returns Today, Expects Meeting With ASUU On Strike

Information reaching us has, however, revealed that the silence by ASUU may be to keep to the assurance it gave to President Jonathan that the body would first brief him on the outcome of its NEC meeting before making it public.

A member of the union’s executive body said “A promise was made to the President to have him informed before ASUU goes public. That promise will be kept tomorrow when the President comes back.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Government on Saturday, again, appealed to ASUU to call off the strike it embarked upon over four months ago in the interest of the students.

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, made this appeal while speaking with journalists after she was conferred with an honourary Doctorate Degree in Accounting by the Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu.

The University also conferred the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, with an honourary Doctorate Degree in Economics at a ceremony attended by dignitaries, including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade and former Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Bashir Awotorebo.

Okonjo-Iweala said, “I am appealing to ASUU to call off the strike in the interest of the students. The government, on its part, is committed to tackling the rot in the education sector. The Federal Government has acceded to most of the demands made by ASUU.

“Federal Government has set aside N220bn yearly for the development of tertiary Institutions in the country. This is part of measures by the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration to develop the education sector.”

The minister also called on well-meaning Nigerians to invest in the education sector, saying investment in the sector would have a huge impact on the economy.

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